Spanner barb

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Spanner barb
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Barbodes
Species: B. lateristriga
Binomial name
Barbodes lateristriga
(Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Barbus lateristriga Valenciennes, 1842
  • Puntius lateristriga (Valenciennes, 1842)
  • Systomus lateristriga (Valenciennes, 1842)
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Barbodes lateristriga,[2] the spanner barb or T-barb, is a species of cyprinid fish native to the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It can reach a length of 18 centimetres (7.1 in) TL. This species can also be found in the aquarium trade.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species is an inhabitant of clear streams in mountain areas, particularly common at the base of waterfalls. They are native to the Malay Peninsula and Borneo. It prefers areas with plentiful boulders and rocky stream beds.[3]


Its diet consists of such invertebrates as insects, worms and crustaceans as well as plant material.[3]


The spanner barb scatters it eggs in the substrate and then abandons them.[3]

In the aquarium[edit]

In an aquarium the spanner barb will adapt to water up to a pH of 7.2, and can live in slightly harder water than in their natural habitat. They are a mostly peaceful fish if kept in a school of at least five fish, but their large size makes them unsuited to a community of small fish.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vidthayanon, C. 2012. Puntius lateristriga. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 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. ^ a b c d Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Puntius lateristriga" in FishBase. October 2013 version.

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