Puntius chola 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Puntius chola (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Chola Barb, Green Barb, Swamp Barb
Cyprinus chola Hamilton, 1822
Puntius perlee Day, 1865
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 7 January 2015. Available at: (Accessed: 7 January 2015).
Taxonomic Notes: There are no taxonomic issues associated with this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-03-20
Assessor(s): Dahanukar, N.
Reviewer(s): Kar, D, Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R., Datta, N.C. & Chaudhry, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Puntius chola is a very widespread species with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.    

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Puntius chola is distributed throughout India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population:This is a very common species but no systematic population studies are available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This fair-sized (12 cm) species is peaceful and active (Talwar and Jhingran 1991). It inhabits rivers, streams and tanks in the plains (Menon 1999).


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This fish has a minor fishery value in local markets where it is also sold as dried and partially fermented fish for consumption. In Myanmar it is reported to be rich in fat during the breeding season and an oil is extracted from it (Talwar and Jhingran 1991). This is also an aquarium fish and it is grown in captivity.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no known threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

No research, conservation or management recommendations are made for this species.

Citation: Dahanukar, N. 2010. Puntius chola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166443A6210314. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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