Puntius gonionotus

Barbonymus gonionotus (BLEEKER, 1849)
SynonymsTOP ↑
Barbus gonionotus Bleeker, 1849; Barbus javanicus Bleeker, 1855; Barbus koilometopon Bleeker, 1857; Puntius jolamarki Smith, 1934; ? Puntius viehoeveri Fowler, 1943

Barbonymus: from the generic name Barbus, to which members of this genus were previously assigned, and Ancient Greek ἀνώνυμος (anṓnumos), meaning ‘anonymous’, since this group of fishes had previously lacked a proper generic name.

Gonionotus: from the Ancient Greek γωνία (gōnía), meaning ‘angle’, and νῶτον (nōton), meaning ‘back’, in reference to this species arched lateral profile.

Order: Cypriniformes Family: Cyprinidae

This‚ species‚ is currently accepted to have an enormous distribution that covers much of Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia (Java and Sumatra). It is present in several major‚ river‚ systems including the Mekong, Mae Klong, and Chao Phraya, and appears to have been introduced to the Terengganu and Perak river systems in Peninsular Malaysia.

Type locality is ‘Indonesia: Java: Kalimas River [Brantas] in Surabaya’.

Mostly inhabits larger, slow-moving‚ river‚ channels that are prone to flooding during the wet season as well as their surrounding floodplains, but increasingly found in man-made canals and lakes. The fish move into inundated riparian areas and forests during wet periods to feed and‚ spawn, returning to the rivers as the water begins to recede.

Maximum Standard Length
250– 300 mm.