Systematic position
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes)
Order: Cypriniformes (Carps)
Family: Cyprinidae (Minnows and carps)
Genus: Osteochilus
Species: O. neilli

English name: Sittang barb

Distribution: Bangladesh (Rahman, 1989). Also in Myanmar (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991). This species was described from Myenmar by Day (1870).

Conservation status: Data deficient in Bangladesh (IUCN Bangladesh, 2000). Only a single specimen was collected from Sylhet fish market in 1970 (Rahman, 1989).

Morphology: Body rather oblong and compressed. Dorsal profile more arched than that of abdomen. Mouth moderate, lips thick and snout rounded. Barbels two pairs (maxillary and rostral). Scales fairly large and lateral line complete with 34 scales (Talwar and Jhingran,  1991).

Body silvery with yellowish blue. Scales on the sides with black mark. Edge of dorsal dull black. Caudal base with round black mark. Head 5.0 in standard , 6.6 in total length. Height 3.0 in standard, 4.0 in total length. Eye 4.0 in head, snout 1.5, interorbital 2.2  (Rahman,  1989).

Fin formula:
D. 18 (3/15);  P1. 16; P2. 9; A. 7 (2/5)  (Rahman, 1989)
D ii-iii 15-16; A ii 5; P i 14; V i 8  (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991).

Maximum length: 15 cm (Talwar and Jhingran,  1991) and  14.5 cm  (Rahman,  1989).

Fishery information: Of no interest to fisheries (Talwar and Jhingran,  1991).



Day F. 1870. On the freshwater fishes of Burmah.–Part II. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London 1870 (pt 1): 99-101.

IUCN Bangladesh. 2000. Red book of threatened fishes of Bangladesh, IUCN- The world conservation union. xii+116 pp.

Rahman AKA. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh, 1st edition, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, pp. 109-111.

Talwar PK and Jhingran AG. 1991. Inland Fishes of India and Adjacent Countries, Vol. 1, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi-Calcutta, p. 249.


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Sittang barb, Osteochilus neilli (Day, 1870)

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