Scientific Name- Pun tius terio
English Name– One spot barb
Local name- Sehra pothia
Habits and habitat
Pun tius terio fish occurs in rivers, canals, and their branches with slow flowing water sysytem. It is found in ponds, tanks, beels, mauns, ditches and small reservior with muddy and sandy bottom. Inhabits in almost all districts of north Bihar and occasionally in Rohtas, Buxar, Ara, Aurangabad and other districts.
This barb looks like Pconconius but differences can be noted by close observation. Reddish orange spot on the gill plate, distinct golden edged diamond shape black blotch over anal fin from which a dark line runs back to base of caudal fin, the dorsal fin is more pointed in the species. The male is yellowish all over the body and its anal and pelvic fin are touched with orange spot but the female is silvery with dorsally metalic green and clear fin. The male turns crushed strawberry red at mating time with a beautiful orange colour. Aquarists like this species and export to U.S.A. and other countries. The species breeds in April and later months. The fish is fast mover. It is bottom feeder, stays in low water level with plants. It is very attractive and peaceful fishes. It feeds on insects, algae, plant matters and small crustaceans. It attains a length of 9cm.
- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore