Olive barb

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Olive barb
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Systomus
Species: S. sarana
Binomial name
Systomus sarana
(F. Hamilton, 1822)

Cyprinus sarana Hamilton, 1822
Barbodes sarana Hamilton, 1822
Barbodes sarana sarana Hamilton, 1822
Barbus sarana Hamilton, 1822
Puntius sarana Hamilton, 1822
Puntius sarana sarana Hamilton, 1822
Barbus diliciosus McClelland, 1839
Barbus polydori Valenciennes, 1842
Barbus roseipinnis Valenciennes, 1842
Puntius roseipinnis Valenciennes, 1842
Barbus kakus Valenciennes, 1842
Barbus gardonides Valenciennes, 1842
Barbus duvaucelii Valenciennes, 1842
Barbus russellii Günther, 1868
Barbus binduchitra Hora, 1937
Puntius saberi Datta & Karmakar, 1981

The olive barb (Systomus sarana) (Malayalam: കുറുവ/മുണ്ടത്തി) is a species of cyprinid fish native to Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka with reports also from Thailand and Myanmar. This species can reach a length of 42 centimetres (17 in) TL. It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries as well as being sought after as a gamefish. However, it is highly sought after in Bangladesh. It can also be found in the aquarium trade though it is not very popular.[2]


  1. ^ Dahanukar, N. 2010. Systomus sarana. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Systomus sarana" in FishBase. November 2014 version.