Dawkinsia exclamatio (Pethiyagoda & Kottelat, 2005)
photo by A. Biju Kumar

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  8.34 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; depth range - 2 m
Distribution:  Asia: Kallada River in Kerala, India.
Diagnosis:  Adults are distinguished from all other Indian and Sri Lankan Puntius by possessing unique color pattern: a black blotch 2-3 scales wide starting on and above scale 6 or 7 of lateral line series; and another horizontally-elongate, black, tear-shaped blotch about 1 1/2 scales high commencing on lateral line slightly anterior to or above anal-fin origin, on about lateral-line scale row 13 and continuing to caudal fin base (Ref. 55036). Description: Lateral line with 20, 21 or 22 pored scales, plus 2-3 pored scales on caudal fin base. Pectoral fin with one simple and 14 or 15 branched rays (Ref. 55036).
Biology:  Occurs in clear-water, rock and pebble substrate areas (Ref. 55036). Inhabits both slow-flowing pools and relatively fast-flowing areas (Ref. 55036).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 03 April 2010 (B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 18.08.05
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.02.13

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