Barbichthys laevis (Valenciennes, 1842)
Sucker barb
photo by Baird, I.G.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Labeoninae
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java (Ref. 26580); Mekong and Chao Phraya basins (Ref. 43281).
Diagnosis:  Enlarged suborbital bones occupying most of cheek; each caudal lobe with a dark stripe; longitudinal stripe across dorsal (Ref. 43281).
Biology:  Found mainly in medium to large-sized rivers (Ref. 12975). Found in large rivers during the dry season and in floodplain streams and canals during the wet season. Does not persist in impoundments (Ref. 12693). Feeds on algae (Ref. 12975), phytoplankton (Ref. 12693), fish and crustaceans (Ref. 56749).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 January 2019 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 30.04.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 09.09.02

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