Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: Indus plain and adjoining hilly areas (Pakistan); (Ganges-Brahmaputra basin (India, Nepal, Bangladesh); Mahanadi, Krishna, Cuvery, and some smaller basins in southern India; Karnapouli and adjacent smaller basins in Chittagong Hill Tracts (Bangladesh) (Ref. 33488). Reported from Myanmar (Ref. 41236).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 33488); max. published weight: 1.4 kg (Ref. 4832)
Vertebrae: 34 - 35. Body with thin stripes mostly above lateral line; larger fish sometimes with a broad midlateral stripe (not observed in other Cirrhinus. Color in life variable, overall dull dirty white or greyish, silvery or yellow, thin stripes vary from subdued to bold.
Found in clear rivers and tanks, ponds, beels, and inundated fields. Feeds on plankton and detritus. Grows fairly rapid. Breeds in flooded shallows from June to September. A prolific breeder, laying about 3 million ova per female. A suitable species for aquaculture. Contributes 10 to 15% of the fishery in Cauvery.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 1997. Systematic revision of the tropical Asian labeon cyprinid fish genus Cirrhinus, with descriptions of new species and biological observations on C. lobatus. Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. 45:171-203. (Ref. 33488)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00429 - 0.02028), b=3.03 (2.85 - 3.21), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.25 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .