Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Danioninae
Etymology: ardens: From the Latin adjective ardens, meaning burning, an allusion to the flame-like colors in mature males.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Sita-Swarna River system in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 100448)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 16. Barilius ardens can be distinguished from B. canarensis and B. malabaricus by having a color pattern consisting of a row of 7-9 large, vertically-elongate, bluish-green blotches 4-6 scales high and 2-3 scales wide along the length of the body, of which in large adults the first three blotches are fragmented into a smaller row of blotches (vs. single or double rows of spots along the length of the body, the first row with 9-13 round or oval bluish-green spots 1-2 scales high and 1-2 scales wide and the second row, if present, with 3-4 smaller spots reaching up to the anal-fin origin). It differs from both B. canarensis and B. malabaricus by having 5+4+3 (vs. 5+4+2) teeth on the fifth ceratobranchial. It further differs from B. canarensis by having 16-18 (vs.14-15) predorsal scales, and having the dorsal and anal fins margined with bright orange (vs. broadly margined with white). In addition, it can be separated from B. malabaricus by having 10½ (vs. 11½) branched dorsal-fin rays and 13½ (vs. 14½-15½) branched anal-fin rays. It can be disinguished from B. bakeri by its unique color pattern, consisting of a row of 7-9 large, vertically-elongate bluish-green blotches 4-6 scales high and 2-3 scales wide along the length of the body, of which in large adults the first three blotches are broken up into a smaller row of intercalate blotches (vs. only a single row of spots along the length of the body); its fifth ceratobranchial with 5+4+3 (vs. 5+4+2) teeth; and the dorsal and anal fins margined with bright orange (vs. white) (Ref. 100448).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Knight, J.D.M., A. Rai, R.K.P. D'Souza and B. Vijaykrishnan, 2015. Barilius ardens (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), a new species from the Western Ghats, India, with redescription of B. malabaricus and B. canarensis. Zootaxa 3926(3):396-412. (Ref. 100448)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00724 (0.00332 - 0.01582), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .