Side-striped barb

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Side-striped barb
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Systomus
Species: S. pleurotaenia
Binomial name
Systomus pleurotaenia
(Bleeker, 1863)

Puntius pleurotaenia Bleeker, 1863
Barbus pleurotaenia (Bleeker, 1863)

The side-striped barb or black-lined barb (Systomus pleurotaenia) is a species of cyprinid fish endemic to Sri Lanka where it occurs in the catchment of the Kelani and Nilwala Rivers. This species can reach a length of 16 centimetres (6.3 in) TL. It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]


  1. ^ Pethiyagoda, R. 1996. Systomus pleurotaenia. Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 7 January 2015. Available at: <>. Downloaded on 4 May 2016.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Systomus pleurotaenia" in FishBase. April 2013 version.