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Cherry barb, Puntius titteya

The cherry barb, Puntius titteya is a tropical fish belonging to the spotted barb genus of the Cyprinidae family. It is native to Sri Lanka, and introduced populations have become established in Mexico and Colombia. The cherry barb was named Puntius titteya by Paul E. P. Deraniyagala in 1929. It has also been referred to as Barbus titteya and Capoeta titteya.

 

The species is commercially important in the aquarium trade, and the more colorful varieties are in danger of being overfished for this industry. They were listed as a Lower Risk/conservation dependent species in 1996.[1]

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Taken on September 25, 2011