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Gold barbs
(B. semifasciolatus var. schuberti)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Barbodes
Bleeker, 1859
Type species
Barbodes maculatus
Valenciennes, 1842

Barbodes is a genus of small to medium-sized cyprinid fish native to tropical Asia. The majority of the species are from Southeast Asia. Many species are threatened and some from the Philippines are already extinct.[1] Several members of this genus were formerly included in Puntius instead.[2]


The name is derived from the Latin word barbus, meaning "barbel", and the Greek word oides, meaning "similar to".

Spotted barb, B. binotatus
Spanner barb, B. lateristriga
Chinese barb, B. semifasciolatus


There are currently 47 recognized species in this genus:[2][3]

Note on species list: Kottelat 2013 states that B. dorsimaculatus may not be referable to this genus and considers it to be species inquirenda. He also implies that Barbodes should be restricted to Southeast Asian and Philippine endemics and that the following species from eastern and southern Asia may not be referable to this genus: B. bovanicus, B. carnaticus, B. elongatus, B. polylepis and B. wynaadensis. Due to the fact that these species fall outside of the geographic area of his paper, their position in Cyprinidae is not addressed.[2]


  1. ^ Ismail; Sampson; and Noakes (2014). The status of Lake Lanao endemic cyprinids. Environmental Biology of Fisheries 97(4): 425-434.
  2. ^ a b c Kottelat, M. (2013): The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 2013, Supplement No. 27: 1–663.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Barbodes in FishBase. October 2013 version.
  4. ^ Kottelat, M. & Tan, H.H. (2011): Systomus xouthos, a new cyprinid fish from Borneo, and revalidation of Puntius pulcher (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 22 (3): 209-214.