Spotted Barb


Puntius sophore

Common Names:

Spotted barb

Spotted Barb


Kingdom   :  Animalia
  :    Chordata
Class :
Order :   Cypriniformes
Family :   Cyprinidae
Genus :   Puntius
Species :  sophore

Conservation Status:

IUCN:   Least Concern
IWPA :  Not listed
CITES :   Not listed
U.S ESA :   Not listed


Puntius sophore is distributed throughout India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Yunnan (China).

Distribution map of Spotted Barb

Distribution map of Spotted barb (Source:

Characteristics, Habitat and Behaviour:

It inhabits plains and submontane regions. A very plentiful shoaling fish, remaining upperciably smaller in the domestic aquarium and becoming mature at 7-8 cm. It attains a length of 13 cm. It is very common in ponds of West Bengal (Dahanukar, 2010).

Major Threats:

No known major threats.


Dahanukar, N. (2010). Puntius sophore. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166623A6249514.