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: Puntius: Lantin, punctum = point, the point of the sword (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 19; depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 6898). Subtropical; 18°C - 24°C (Ref. 1672); 24°N - 20°N, 102°E - 108°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26563); common length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35840)
Body with 4-7 narrow bars, more or less complete or dissociated into series of spots; complete lateral line; last simple dorsal ray serrated posteriorly; yellowish in color (Ref. 43281).
Asia: Red River basin, southwestern China, including Hainan (Ref. 43281). Widely transported around the world (Ref. 1739).
Adults feed on worms, crustaceans, insects, plant matter (Ref. 7020) and detritus (Ref. 5258). Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Spawns during early morning hours.
Chen, X., J.-H. Pan, Z. Liu and D. Liang, 1991. Barbinae. p. 136-167. In J.-H. Pan, L. Zhong, C.-Y. Zheng, H.-L. Wu and J.-H. Liu (eds.) The freshwater fishes of Guangdong Province. Guangdong Science and Technology Press, Guangzhou. 589 p. (Ref. 33326)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Aquarium: highly commercial
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=0.01023 (0.00428 - 0.02445), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.8 ±0.28 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1; multiple spawning per year; Fec=300).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .