Focussing on the vertebrate
 fauna of SE Asia
  

 

Home  
覧覧覧覧覧  
SE Asia fauna ...  
   
Primates
 Carnivorans
 Other Large Mammals
 Squirrels & Small Mammals
 Bats
覧覧
Birds
覧覧
 Snakes
 Lizards & Crocodilians
 Turtles
覧覧
 Amphibians
 Tadpoles
FFrogs & other calls
覧覧
Fishes
覧覧
Species Lists
 








 
覧覧覧覧覧  
  SE Asia Vertebrate Records  (SEAVR) 2018  
覧覧覧覧覧  
New Guinea fauna ...  
   
Snakes
 Lizards
 Frogs
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
 Articles & Publications
 News Links
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
 

Search this site ...

 
 


   

 
  覧覧覧覧覧  

Recently added ...
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
覧覧覧覧覧  
     
   
     
    Links :  
  HOSCAP Borneo  
  Context Institute
  Herpetological Soc. Singapore
  HabitatID  
  Primatewatching  
  Intl. Otter Survival Fund
  Orang Utan Appeal (UK)  
  Wallace Online  
    Citizen Action for Tigers  
    Nature Society (Singapore)  
  Traffic  
    Wild Singapore  
     
  Email :
 
     
  Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
Copyright ゥ Ecology Asia 2018
   

 

   
   
 
Tinfoil Barb
   
   

Fig 1


Fig 2


Fig 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order : Cypriniformes
Family : CYPRINIDAE
Species : Barbodes schwanenfeldii
Maximum Length : 40 cm

The Tinfoil Barb, or Striped-tailed Tinfoil Barb, is a gregarious shoaling, pelagic fish sleek in form. It inhabits streams, rivers, ditches and lakes with neutral pH.  It is a food source for rural dwellers, and a popular aquarium fish.

It is distinguished from other similar species by the red dorsal fin which terminates in a black tip. Other fins are also deep red, and the tail fin has a black stripe on each lobe. The body is laterally-compressed and silver or silver-gold.

The species is mainly herbivorous, feeding on water plants and filamentous algae, but will also take small insects and worms. Larger specimens will take small crustaceans such as freshwater prawns.

The Tinfoil Barb ranges from Thailand and Indochina through Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra and Borneo. In Singapore the species may have become locally extinct but there is now evidence of reintroduced feral populations.


Fig 1 : A 30cm specimen in the crystal clear water of Sungei Tahan, Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninisular Malaysia.

Fig 2 : A large shoal of Tinfoil Barb in one of Singapore's inland reservoirs.

Fig 3 :
The body is laterally-compressed and sleek in form.