Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Barbinae
Etymology: Pethia: Pethia is the generic vernacular name for small cyprinids in Sinhala.; tiantian: Specific name derived from tiantian, Mandarin Chinese, meaning heaven. This is in reference to the habitat of the species which is in streams at the foot Himalayas, that is, somewhat close to heaven; noun in apposition.. More on author: Kullander.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 1 m (Ref. 54351). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54351)
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 29 - 31. A member of the Puntius conchonius group uniquely distinguishable by the shape of the last unbranched dorsal fin ray which is slender, flexible and with short serrations posteriorly. Similar to P. cumingii, P. didi and P. meingangbii by presence of a dark vertical bar anteriorly on side and a dark round blotch on caudal peduncle; differs from these species by lateral line continued to caudal fin base vs. present on only 5 to 10 scales. Distinguished from the geographically close P. didi by body depth 35.4-39.8% SL vs. 40.4-48.2% SL and dorsal fin length 23.2-26.0% SL vs. 26.6-31.8% SL, and males with a single dark band across dorsal and anal fin vs. two series of black elongate marks in dorsal fin and one series of black marks in anal fin (Ref. 54351).
Asia: northern Myanmar.
Occurs in a small hill stream, about 3 m wide on average, flowing through low forest, with grass and shrub along banks and over a varied bottom with rock, gravel and sand (Ref. 54351).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kullander, S.O. and F. Fang, 2005. Two new species of Puntius from northern Myanmar (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Copeia 2005(2):290-302. (Ref. 54351)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01349 (0.00644 - 0.02828), b=2.96 (2.79 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.1 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .