Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Danioninae
Etymology: insularis: The specific name derived from the Latin insula, meaning island, and the Latin insularis, meaning inhabiting an island, a reference to Sri Lanka.. More on author: Kottelat.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 70 - 185 m (Ref. 75997). Tropical
Asia: rivers and streams draining the northeast foothills of the Knuckles Range in Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75997)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosed from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: lateral line complete with 34-36 + 1-2 pored scales; ½ 6/1/ 2½ scales in transverse line on body, ½4/1/1½ on caudal peduncle. Additional distinguishing characters include: body slender, depth 26.0-28.8% SL; pelvic fin length 27.9-31.9% SL, reaching base of branched anal rays 3-8; lower jaw densely tuberculated over dentary, tuberculation extending backwards beyond level of anterior orbit (Ref. 75997).
Occurs in rivers and streams (Ref. 75997). The type locality, Kalu Ganga, has a gravel-pebble bed with fast-flowing water strewn with boulders (Ref. 75997). Sympatric with other cyprinids such as Puntius srilankensis, Puntius martenstyni and Labeo fisheri (Ref. 75997).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pethiyagoda, R., M. Kottelat, A. Silva, K. Maduwage and M. Meegaskumbura, 2008. A review of the genus Laubuca in Sri Lanka, with description of three new species (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 19(1):7-26. (Ref. 75997)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00318 - 0.01574), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.3 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 (14 of 100) .