Species Details

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Flying barb Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Esomus danricus
Family : Cyprinidae
Order : Cypriniformes
Class : Actinopterygii
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Pond,Weedy ditch,Beel,Inundated field
Description : This fish has an elongated body that's a bit flattened from the sides, and it has a pointed head. What's interesting is that its lower jaw is longer than the upper one. Its body is about 3.3 to 4.8 times deeper than it is long, and its head is 3.5 to 5 times the length of its body. It has a small mouth and two pairs of barbels (those are the whisker-like things near its mouth), with the maxillary pair being extremely long, reaching the middle of its body. Its pectoral fin, the one near its chest, is long and pointed.

As for its color, it's usually olive-green to gray-green. There's a wide dark stripe that runs from its mouth to the base of its tail. In younger fish, this stripe is bordered by a fine gold line. Its pelvic fins are reddish, and the other fins are brownish to orange.

In terms of size, it's relatively small, usually around 6 centimeters long. You can find them in ponds and weedy ditches, as well as in small streams, ponds, ditches, beels, and inundated fields, especially during the rainy season.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Zarin Tasnim, Department of Zoology,Universityof Dhaka; Information sources: www.fishbase.in, Encyclopedia of flora and fauna of Bangladesh(volume 23).photo credit and copyright:Jayasinghe, Asanka ([email protected] ),www.fishbase.se. more information please contact with us.