Puntius semifasciolatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius semifasciolatus
Species Authority: (Günther, 1868)
Common Name(s):
English Golden Barb, Gold Barb, Half-striped Barb

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-09-20
Assessor(s): The Anh, B.
Reviewer(s): Kottelat, M. & Smith, K.
Although the species has a wide native geographic range and has been introduced elsewhere, it has a relatively restricted occurrence and it is impacted by numerous threats occurring across the species native range including water pollution and dams, and it has declined in some parts of its range (e.g., Taiwan). More information is needed on the species distribution and impacts of threats, however it is considered Least Concern at present.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

The species is known from the RedRiver basin (Viet Nam and southern China), southwestern China (Chen et al. 1991) and Hainan (Kottelat 2001), and extends northwards in China to at least Fujian (M. Kottelat pers. comm. 2011). Presence in Mekong basin in northern Lao PDR and southern China (Yunnan) probably results from introductions, and it has been introduced elsewhere (Welcomme 1988).

China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan - Present - Origin Uncertain); Hong Kong; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
United States (Hawaiian Is.); Uruguay
Present - origin uncertain:
Lao People's Democratic Republic
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Feeds on aquatic invertebrates and plant matter. Found in flowing streams and tributaries, as well as small lakes.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Species is common in the aquarium trade however probably from cultivated sources (M. Kottelat pers. comm. 2011). Probably eaten at a subsistence scale.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species occurs in areas that are impacted by pollution and dams, however there is limited information available. In Taiwan, its populations have declined or been locally extirpated due to environmental deterioration (water pollution and habitat destruction), and the introduction of exotic fishes (Lai et al. 2008).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research is needed on the species distribution and impacts of threats.

Citation: The Anh, B. 2012. Puntius semifasciolatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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