Six-banded tiger barb

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Six-banded tiger barb
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Desmopuntius
D. hexazona
Binomial name
Desmopuntius hexazona
  • Barbus hexazona M. C. W. Weber & de Beaufort, 1912
  • Puntius hexazona (M. C. W. Weber & de Beaufort, 1912)
  • Systomus hexazona (M. C. W. Weber & de Beaufort, 1912)

The six-banded tiger barb (Desmopuntius hexazona) is a Southeast Asian species of cyprinid fish native to blackwater streams, peat swamps and other freshwater habitats with little movement in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.[1][2] Although there are reports from the Mekong basin,[3] this is generally consider to be outside the range of the genus Desmopuntius. D. hexazona has often been confused—especially in the aquarium trade—with the less widespread, closely related D. pentazona, which is similar except that it has a black spot at the rear base of its dorsal fin (something that D. hexazona lacks).[1][2][4][5] Although overall relatively widespread, D. hexazona is considered threatened in Singapore.[2] This species reaches a total length of 5.5 cm (2.2 in).[3]


  1. ^ a b Kottelat, M. (2013). The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2013 (supplement 27): 1–663.
  2. ^ a b c SeriouslyFish: Desmopuntius hexazona. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2013). "Desmopuntius hexazona" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  4. ^ SeriouslyFish: Desmopuntius pentazona. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ Collins, R.; K.F. Armstrong; R. Meier; Y. Yi; S.D.J. Brown; R. H. Cruickshank; S, Keeling; C. Johnston; (2012). Barcoding and Border Biosecurity: Identifying Cyprinid Fishes in the Aquarium Trade. PLoS ONE 7(1): e28381.