Rosy Barb, Puntius conchonius (Hamilton-Buchanan 1822)


Rosy Barb, Puntius conchonius. Source: Oliver Lucanus. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A native of India introduced from the aquarium industry.

Cite this page as:
Martin F. Gomon, Puntius conchonius in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1856

Rosy Barb, Puntius conchonius (Hamilton-Buchanan 1822)

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Distribution

Introduced from India to freshwaters of Brisbane area, QLD (27°28’S), but probably no longer in the wild; a hardy species inhabiting tropical freshwater but can tolerate low water temperatures.

Size

Maximum size to 14 cm.

Colour

Silvery, usually reddish or pink hue on body and silvery fins. Large black spot on middle of side on caudal peduncle, but may be faint or absent in large fish. Outer half of dorsal fin with variable amount of black.

Feeding

Diet includes organic detritus, plant matter and aquatic insects.

Biology

Prolific spawner. The red colour of males is greatly intensified during spawning periods.

Fisheries

A popular aquarium fish.

Remarks

Released by irresponsible aquarists in the Brisbane areas in the 1970s.

Author

Martin F. Gomon

Rosy Barb, Puntius conchonius (Hamilton-Buchanan 1822)

References


Allen et al 2002

Hoese et al Catalogue

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37165004

Fishing:aquarium fish

Habitat:freshwater

Max Size:14 cm

Native:introduced

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