Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Barbinae
Etymology: Pethia: Pethia is the generic vernacular name for small cyprinids in Sinhala.; lutea: The specific name 'lutea' is Latin for yellow and is named in reference to the bright yellow colored body in life. Gender feminine.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Maharashtra State, India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96472)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 30. Distinguished from other species of Pethia by the combination of the following characters: distinct humped nape; no barbels; lips fleshy; distinct lateral fold on snout; complete lateral line; 19-22 pored lateral line scales; 8 predorsal scales; 9-10 prepelvic scales; 14-15 preanal scales; 4½-4 scales between dorsal fin origin and lateral line, and 2½-3 scale between lateral line and pelvic fin origin; last simple dorsal fin ray strong and serrated with 6-9 serrae on distal half of spine whereas 2-4 on apical half of spine; 13-15 branched pectoral fin rays; seven branched pelvic fin rays; caudal fin with 6-7+6-7 principal rays and 8-9+8-9 branched rays; 5 supraneurals; 6 predorsal neural spine; deep and enlarged infraorbital three; gill rakers three on epibranchial, one at angle and 14-15 on first ceratobranchial; one humeral band covering 3rd and 4th lateral line scale and extends to one scale up and down; one caudal blotch encircling caudal peduncle dorsally covering 17th-19th lateral line scale; dorsal fin without any bands and body dark yellow with iridescence on scale (Ref. 96472).
Occurs in riffles and runs with boulders and gravels as substratum. Encountered only in clear unpolluted river stretches with well oxygenated waters and were not observed in pools and ditches. Adults are mostly found in association with submerged vegetation. Occurs together with other fish species of genera Salmostoma, Devario, Dawkinsia, Garra, Puntius, Systomus and Anguilla (Ref. 96472).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Katwate, U., C. Katwate, R. Raghavan, M.S. Paingankar and N. Dahanukar, 2014. Pethia lutea, a new species of barb (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) and new records of P. Punctata from Northern Western Ghats of India. J. Threatened Taxa 6(6):5797-5818. (Ref. 96472)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
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=0.01023 (0.00482 - 0.02174), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.7 ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .