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: Puntigrus: Name combination of Puntius and tigrus, sound like the Latin word 'tigris' for tiger; an allusion to the barred color pattern and the common name tiger barb often used for some species of this genus.. More on author: Fowler.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.0 - ? ; dH range: 12 - ?. Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 2059)
Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins; also the Mae Khlong basin (Thailand), the Malay Peninsula, and coastal streams of south-east Thailand and Cambodia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857)
Presence of 3 broad black bars on body, a 4th across the eye; lacks anterior maxillary ("rostral") barbels; lateral line incomplete with pores on first 7-10 scales (Ref. 12693); a black blotch at dorsal fin base; last simple dorsal ray serrated posteriorly (Ref. 43281).
Inhabits midwater to bottoms depths of small streams and weedy impoundments. Most abundant in impoundments with dense growth of aquatic macrophytes. Feeds mainly on zooplankton, along with some aquatic insect larvae and plant matter (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Spawns between plants. Eggs are sticky.
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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01047 (0.00491 - 0.02235), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.34 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1, Fec = 600-1,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .