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Puntius filamentosus Thomas.jpg
Blackspot Barb (D. filamentosa)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Dawkinsia
Pethiyagoda, Meegaskumbura & Maduwage, 2012
Type species
Leuciscus filamentosus
Valenciennes, 1844

Dawkinsia is a genus of cyprinid fishes from freshwater in South India and Sri Lanka. It was recently split off from genus Puntius.[1]


Dawkinsia is named after the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in recognition of his "contribution to the public understanding of science, particularly, of evolutionary science".[1]:p.80 Dawkins describes this as "a great honour".[2]


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


  1. ^ a b Rohan Pethiyagoda, R., Meegaskumbura, M. & Maduwage, K. (2012). "A synopsis of the South Asian fishes referred to Puntius (Pisces: Cyprinidae)" (PDF). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 23 (1): 69–95. 
  2. ^ Bethan Jinkinson (19 July 2012). "Ten species named after famous people". BBC News. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Dawkinsia in FishBase. April 2013 version.