World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Barb (fish)

Article Id: WHEBN0005779079
Reproduction Date:

Title: Barb (fish)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Barbus, Cyprinidae, Cypriniformes, Dither fish, Mangar
Collection: Barbs (Fish), Fish Common Names
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Barb (fish)

A barb is one of various ray-finned fish species in a non-phylogenetic group, with members in the family Cyprinidae, and especially the genera Barbus and Puntius, but many others also. They were formerly united with the barbels in the subfamily Barbinae, but that group is paraphyletic with the Cyprininae. If the Labeoninae are recognized as distinct, many small African "barbs" would probably, however, warrant recognition as a new subfamily.[1]

The root of the word "barb" is common in cyprinid names of European languages, from the Latin barba ("beard") (COD):

  • barbi from Finnish
  • barbo from Spanish
  • barbeau from French
  • barbo from Italian

and many others. This is in reference to the barbels which are prominently seen around the mouth of many "barbs".


  • Genera 1
  • See also 2
  • Footnotes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Genera that contain species with common names including "barb":

See also


  1. ^ de Graaf et al. (2007)


  • de Graaf, Martin; Megens, Hendrik-Jan; Samallo, Johannis & Sibbing, Ferdinand A. (2007): Evolutionary origin of Lake Tana's (Ethiopia) small Barbus species: indications of rapid ecological divergence and speciation. Anim. Biol. 57(1): 39-48. doi:10.1163/157075607780002069 (HTML abstract)

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.