Garra phillipsi Deraniyagala, 1933
Phillips's garra
Phillips's garra
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Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Labeoninae
Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: endemic to Sri Lanka.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Occurs in rocky areas of hill streams, almost always in fast-flowing water. More common in deeper and more heavily shaded areas of clear-water streams. Occurs sympatrically with G. ceylonensis in its limited range. Feeds essentially on algae in captivity. This species is easy to maintain in aquarium.
IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR); Date assessed: 07 August 2019 (B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Restricted to montane streams of the Knuckles Range in Mahaweli Basin, but exact distributional range not clearly understood as it is often confused with G. ceylonensis (Ref. 11966). A much wider range is proposed in unpublished reports (Ref. 6028). Siltation poses threat to the fish population (Ref. 11966).

Entered by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 29.04.94
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 20.09.21
Checked by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 23.08.94

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