Puntius ticto


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius ticto
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name(s):
English Ticto barb, Firefin barb, Tic-tac-toe barb, Two-spot barb
Cyprinus ticto Hamilton, 1822
Rothee ticto (Hamilton, 1822)
Systomus ticto (Hamilton, 1822)
Taxonomic Notes: There are no taxonomic issues regarding 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): Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R., Chaudhry, S. & Dey, S.C.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

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

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puntius ticto is found in Pakistan, in lower Swat River drainage; India (throughout except western face of Western Ghats); Nepal; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).
Bangladesh; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
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Population [top]


No systematic information is available about the population trends. Nevertheless, the species is very common throughout India and adjacent countries.

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits mostly montane and submontane regions, and flood plains.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: A popular barb of the aquarium. Although far from being the most colourful of the barbs, This fair-sized fish is prized for its iridescence and the red edging on its dorsal fin which takes on a deep ruby hue during mating periods. It is common almost every where. It attains a length of 10 cm. Well behaved in community tanks, except for larger specimens which are inclined to be pugnacious (Talwar and Jhingran 1991). It is commonly used as a dried  and fermented fish in northeastern India, Nepal (S. Chaudhry pers. comm. 2010).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

No major widely distributed threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no conservation recommendations made for this species.

Citation: Dahanukar, N. 2010. Puntius ticto. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2015.
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