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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
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Spanner Barb or T-Barb
   
   

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Order : Cypriniformes
Family : CYPRINIDAE
Species : Barbodes lateristriga
Maximum Length : 20 cm

This species is easily identified by the two thick vertical bands and single horizontal band, however the pattern of the Spanner or T-Barb can vary from this norm. In some areas, for example Tioman Island, there are additional horizontal bars.

Inhabiting clear, forest streams this omnivorous species will venture into remarkably shallow water to feed on insects, worms and plant matter. Younger fish will shoal, but larger adults tend to be more solitary.

The species occurs mainly in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.   


Fig 1 : Typical Spanner Barb patterning.  Photo taken at Gunung Pulai, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 2 : Pale-coloured Spanner Barb in a shallow forest stream, Singapore.

Fig 3 : A small shoal lurks amongst submerged leaf litter in a quiet pool, Singapore.


References : F1