Pethia gelius 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Pethia gelius (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Golden Dwarf Barb
Cyprinus gelius Hamilton, 1822
Puntius gelius (Hamilton, 1822)
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 discrepancies associated with this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2010-03-19
Assessor(s): Dahanukar, N.
Reviewer(s): Kar, D, Juffe Bignoli, D. & Rema Devi, K.R.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Pethia gelius is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats. This species is also grown in captivity as aquarium fish. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Pethia gelius has a wide distribution in India (Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar) and Bangladesh (Jayaram 1991, Menon 1999). Report from Pakistan (Sheri and Saied 1975) needs confirmation. This species is introduced into the natural water bodies in other parts of India due to aquarium trade (R. Devi pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India (Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal)
Additional data:
Number of Locations:0
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Population [top]

Population:No information available although it is common and introduced in other areas.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits still waters. Attains a length of 4 cm. Sexes are alike. They eat their eggs just as soon as they drop them (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: An ideal aquarium fish. This diminutive Indian barb has uninterrupted band of black spots which gives the fish a pretty overall pattern. A peaceful and sky species, suitable for community tanks. This barb, though named over 100 years ago, is not well known to many hobbyists, although it is fairly easy to induce these fish to spawn (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no threats identified for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

More research on biology, population, threats and trends are needed.

Citation: Dahanukar, N. 2015. Pethia gelius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T166577A70088575. . Downloaded on 21 April 2018.
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