Puntius padamya


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius padamya
Species Authority: Kullander & Britz, 2008
Common Name(s):
English Odessa barb, Ruby barb
Taxonomic Notes: Kullander and Britz (2008) described Puntius padamya from the Ayeyarwaddy River drainage, Myanmar and placed under the Puntius conchonius species group. According to them, Puntius padamya is apparently the same species as the ornamental fish species known as the “Odessa barb” which was first introduced in the aquarium trade in the early 1970s. It was said to have first appeared in pet fish enthusiasts’ circles in Odessa, Ukraine, from where it got the name, and was treated later variously as an undescribed species of unknown origin, as a subspecies of P. ticto (Stallknecht 1973), or as P. conchonius (Axelrod et al. 1980).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-02-22
Assessor(s): Singh, L.
Reviewer(s): Juffe Bignoli, D., Chaudhry, S., Dahanukar, N., Barbhuiya, A.H., Rema Devi, K.R. & Vishwanath, W.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Puntius padamya has a restricted range in wild. It is known only from two locations in central Myanmar, but more research is needed to find the exact distribution, population and threats, and it appears to be widely available in the aquarium trade. The species is therefore listed as Data Deficient.


Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puntius padamya is was described from an artificial pond in Toe Gyi village, situated just above the Anisakan Falls near Pyin Oo Lwin, on the road Mandalay-Hsipaw (Irrawaddy basin) and from the lower Chindwin River.
Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland))
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Population [top]


There is no information on the population and its trends for this species.

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits artificial ponds and rivers.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: According to Kullander and Britz (2008), Puntius padamya is apparently the same species as the ornamental fish species known as the “Odessa barb” which was first introduced in the aquarium hobby in the early 1970s and the identity and origin of which has been the subject of considerable speculation. However they remarked that the origin of the species currently called “Odessa barb” in the ornamental fish trade, and described as P. padamya, remains obscure.

The species appears to be widely known and available in the aquarium trade, inferrering that either the species is captive bred, or is being taken from the wild in large numbers (and presumably from other locations than the type locality). The impact of the trade requires urgent study.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

No information about threats to the species is available. The impact of wild collection for the aquarium trade should be studied.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Further survey work is needed to determine whether or not this species is experiencing a decline, or is undergoing extreme population fluctuations.

Citation: Singh, L. 2010. Puntius padamya. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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