Leptobarbus hoevenii

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Hoven's carp
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Leptobarbus
Species: L. hoevenii
Binomial name
Leptobarbus hoevenii
(Bleeker, 1851)

Puntius aphya Günther, 1868

Hoven's carp (Leptobarbus hoevenii; Jelawat in Malay), also known as the mad barb or sultan fish, is a species of fish in the barb family. It is native to freshwater habitats in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra. Populations further north in the Chao Phraya and Mekong Basins were included in this species until 2009, but are now considered a separate species, L. rubripinna.[1][2] The two are frequently confused and the same common names have been used for both; only L. rubripinna is known from the aquarium trade.[1][2]

It may reach up to about 1 m (3.3 ft) long.[3] This fish is omnivorous and is a midwater to near bottom dweller. This fish lives in groups.[3]


  1. ^ a b SeriouslyFish: Leptobarbus rubripinna. Retrieved 10 May 2013
  2. ^ a b Tan, H.H., and M. Kottelat (2009). The fishes of the Batang Hari drainage, Sumatra, with description of six new species. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 20(1): 13-69.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Leptobarbus hoevenii" in FishBase. May 2013 version.