Puntioplites falcifer  Smith, 1929

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > No subfamily
Etymology: Puntioplites: Latin, punctum = point, the point of the sword + Greek, hoplon = weapon (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Smith.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 37770)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Last simple anal ray osseus and serrated posteriorly; pale orange anal, pelvic and dorsal fins; last simple dorsal ray reaching the caudal fin in adults and with 28-36 serrae (in specimens 6-15 cm SL) (Ref. 27732); serrated anal spine; silvery body coloration (Ref. 12693).

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Asia: Mekong basin.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits large upland rivers. Seems to avoid standing water. Little is known about its biology. Like other members of the genus, it probably feeds mainly on plant matter and occasionally on insects and insect larvae (Ref. 12693). Also reported to prefer deep pools in the river and to migrate into streams, canals and lakes during the flood season. Migrates in large schools (Ref. 37770). Migrates together with Cosmochilus harmandi, Cirrhinus spp., Labeo chrysophekadion and Bangana sp (Ref. 37770). Marketed fresh (Ref. 12693).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Rainboth, W.J., 1996. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. FAO Species Identification Field Guide for Fishery Purposes. FAO, Rome, 265 p. (Ref. 12693)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00462 - 0.01365), b=2.96 (2.81 - 3.11), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.6   ±0.26 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.