Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Smiliogastrinae
Etymology: Puntius: Lantin, punctum = point, the point of the sword (Ref. 45335); dolichopterus: Name from the Greek words ‘dolikhos’ meaning elongated and ‘pteron’ meaning wing or fin; referring to the elongated pectoral fin..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 103709)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: longer head, 30.0- 34.6 % SL; its operculum extends beyond pectoral fin base as a soft membranous flap; predorsal scales 8; lateral line 23-24 + 1- 2 scales (at the base of caudal fin); short dorsal fin located behind ventral fin origin, the third dorsal ray osseous, rigid and strong, its spinous portion longer, 51.2- 52.2 % HL; elongated pectoral fin reaches pelvic fin and pelvic fin reaches vent; 3-4 longitudinal lines below lateral line and a narrow and short depression present on occiput. Coloration: silvery body, dorsal fin light orange red, pectoral and anal fin greenish yellow, ventral fin yellow, caudal fin dusky; operculum with minute black spots; a diffuse, inconspicuous dusky spot in 21 and 22 scales (Ref. 103709).
This edible species can also be utilized as an ornamental species fish. It was collected from a polluted water channel flowing through the heart of the Kayamkulam city, and is considered to survive to some extent in contaminated water bodies (Ref. 103709).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Plamoottil, M., 2015. Puntius dolichopterus, a new fish species (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae), from Kerala, India. Intl. J. Pure Appl. Zool. 3(3):226-231. (Ref. 103709)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01318 (0.00582 - 0.02984), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).