Spotted barb

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Spotted barb
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Barbodes
Species: B. binotatus
Binomial name
Barbodes binotatus
(Valenciennes, 1842)
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Nations where Puntius binotatus can be found
  • Barbus binotatus Valenciennes, 1842
  • Capoeta binotata (Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Puntius binotatus (Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Systomus binotatus (Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Barbus maculatus Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1823 (ambiguous)
  • Barbus maculatus Valenciennes, 1842 (ambiguous)
  • Systomus maculatus (Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Barbus oresigenes Bleeker, 1849
  • Barbus blitonensis Bleeker, 1852
  • Barbus kusanensis Bleeker, 1852
  • Barbus polyspilos Bleeker, 1857
  • Systomus goniosoma Bleeker, 1860
  • Barbus goniosoma (Bleeker, 1860)
  • Barbus maculatus hagenii Popta, 1911
  • Puntius sibukensis Fowler, 1941

Barbodes binotatus,[2] commonly known as the spotted barb or common barb, is a tropical species of cyprinid fish native to Southeast Asia. It has also become established as an exotic species in Palau and Singapore.[3]


Its color in life varies from a silvery gray to greenish gray, darker dorsally and paler or nearly white on its throat and belly. It has a bar behind the operculum on its shoulder. On large fish, body markings (spots or band) may be absent, except for the spot on the caudal base. It has a round, broad-tipped snout equal to or slightly larger than the eye. The fish will grow in length up to 7.75 inches (20.0 cm).

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Its native environment occurs from about sea level to above 2,000 m above sea level. It is commonly found below waterfalls in isolated mountain streams and on small islands inhabited by few other freshwater fish. It inhabits medium to large rivers, stagnant water bodies including sluggish-flowing canals and brooks of the middle Mekong. It is usually found in the middle to bottom depths of fairly shallow waters where it feeds on zooplankton, insect larvae and some vascular plants. They live in a tropical climate and prefer water with a 6.0 - 6.5 pH, a water hardness of 12.0 dGH, and a temperature range of 75 - 79 °F (24 - 26 °C).


An open water, substrate egg-scatter, the adult barbs will spawn around dawn.

Importance to humans[edit]

The spotted barb is of commercial importance in the aquarium trade and of minor importance in the fisheries industry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenkins, A., Kullander, F.F. & Tan, H.H. 2009. Puntius binotatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ 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 Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Puntius binotatus" in FishBase. October 2013 version.

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