Scientific Name– Puntius conchonius
English Name– Rosy barb
Local name- Pothia, Lal pothi, Kanchan pothi
Habits and habitat
Puntius conchonius fish is found in ponds, tanks, maun, chaurs and ditches with muddy bottom. It occurs in rivers,canals and inundated field. It is found in flowing and standing water, prefers deep flowing water area with plants and is found everywhere in Bihar.
This is known as rosy barb and is acclaimed as one of the beautiful species in the barb group. It has a very attractive uniform silvery colouration with shinning olive green back belly is silvery with reddish tinge in monsoon season. The species has pink red colour in breeding season. A deep slightly occellated black golden yellow bordered blotch on caudal peduncle at level trailing edges of caudal fin. It has already secured a position in the list of ornamental fishes being exported from the country. This is very bright and beautiful, move in group. It is one of the hardiest of the barb. It is very impressive in colour during matting period.
Puntius conchonius feeds on plant matter, small insects, worms, plankton and small fishes. It breeds in early monsoon month of June and July at temperature 25-26oC. and attains a length of 5cm.
- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore