Dawkinsia tambraparniei (Silas, 1954)
Dawkinsia tambraparniei
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Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  12.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Tambraparni River basin in India.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 5-5. Adults differ from Puntius filamentosus, P. singhala and P. assimilis by having prominent black markings on body anterior to the anal-fin origin. Distinguished from P. exclamatio by lacking a horizontally-elongate, tear-shaped black blotch above the anal fin. Differs from P. srilakensis by possessing lower lip entire (vs. medially absent). Distinguished from P. arulius by having branched dorsal rays elongated into filaments in adult males (vs. dorsal fin concave and emarginate) and by having a pair of maxillary barbels 2.4-4.7% of SL (vs. <0.5%) (Ref. 55036).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 13 October 2010 (B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from the middle reaches of the Tambraparni River basin which drains the eastern face of the Western Ghats mountains of southern peninsular India, into the Bay of Bengal (Ref. 55036). Also Ref. 31808, 43611, 44151, 44312.

Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 18.08.05
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.02.13

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