Oreichthys cosuatis fish


Scientific Name–           Oreichthys cosuatis
(Hamilton, 1822)

English Name–                 High fin Barb

Local name-                Pothi


Class Osteichthyes
Sub-Class Actinopterygii
Order Cypriniforrnes
Family Cyprinidae
Sub-family Oreichthyes
Genus cosuatis
Species Osteichthyes


Habits and habitat

Oreichthys cosuatis fish is found in ponds,tanks,maun,chaurs, flood plain area and ditches. Also found in rivers and canals with sandy and muddy bottom. It occurs in flowing and standing water system.


Salient features

Body is very bright and silver in colour. It has no spots on the body. The general colour of the scale is brilliant silvery with darker grey edges. Caudal fin and anal fin have dusky spot on the peduncle. Dorsal fin is high and marked with dark line. It is fast movers, surface and colournn feeders. It feeds on plankton, insects, larvae, and plant matters. They do not breed in capative condition. This fish has large eggs. Eggs frequently fall to the muddy bottom and attacked by fungus and therefore do not survive. The species breeds in pre monsoon season. It attains a length of 5-6cm.



  • Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore
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