Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Smiliogastrinae
Etymology: Puntius: Lantin, punctum = point, the point of the sword (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Bleeker.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: ? - 6.5; dH range: ? - 15. Tropical; 22°C - 24°C (Ref. 2060)
Asia: India and Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6028)
Differs from all other Indian Puntius in having 7 branched dorsal rays (vs. 8), a round dorsal spot at the base of dorsal rays 3-7 (vs. larger and oblong, and on base of rays 4-8 in Puntius dorsalis), and a spot at base of caudal (vs. on the caudal peduncle in Puntius dorsalis) (Ref. 26698).
Inhabits hill streams, lowland swamps and dry zone rivers and tanks. Feeds mainly on green algae and detritus (Ref. 4832). Popular for aquarium purposes (Ref. 44325).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pethiyagoda, R., 1991. Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo. 362 p. (Ref. 6028)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00526 - 0.02746), b=3.01 (2.84 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.4 ±0.2 se; based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 912 [360, 1,879] mg/100g ; Iron = 3.96 [2.22, 7.09] mg/100g ; Protein = 17.6 [16.6, 18.7] % ; Omega3 = 0.293 [0.111, 0.798] g/100g ; Selenium = 29.2 [8.5, 86.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 99.7 [43.4, 237.8] μg/100g ; Zinc = 5.23 [3.37, 8.10] mg/100g (wet weight); based on nutrient studies.