Conservation ActionsThere are no conservation actions in place for this species. Research into its population size and distribution is urgently needed to confirm if it still occurs on the island of Timor. Research into potential threats, education and the control of invasive species is also needed.
This species is endemic to Timor, Indonesia. This locality is known as the easternmost limit of the range of the ricefishes, Oryzias (Weber and de Beaufort 1912, Parenti 2008). Specimens have been collected from the stream Mota Talau, near the Lois River, at mid-Timor. It has not been recorded from the eastern or western ends of the island and therefore likely has a very restricted distribution.