Bandula barb

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Bandula barb
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Pethia
Species: P. bandula
Binomial name
Pethia bandula
(Kottelat & Pethiyagoda, 1991)
  • Puntius bandula Kottelat & Pethiyagoda, 1991

The bandula barb (Pethia bandula) is a species of cyprinid endemic to Sri Lanka where it is only known from near Galapitamada in the Warakapola Divisional Secretariat.[2][3] As this critically endangered species only was known from a single unprotected site where the population consists of an estimated 1,000 individuals, a second "insurance" population was established in 2014 by a team of IUCN scientists in cooperation with Sri Lanka's Forest Department, the Department of Wildlife Conservation and local communities.[4]


  1. ^ Pethiyagoda, R. 1996. Pethia bandula. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ Pethiyagoda, R., Meegaskumbura, M. & Maduwage, K. (2012): A synopsis of the South Asian fishes referred to Puntius (Pisces: Cyprinidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 23 (1): 69-95.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Pethia bandula" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  4. ^ IUCN (8 July 2014). Translocation of the point-endemic and Critically Endangered (CR) freshwater fish species Pethia bandula (Bandula barb).