Denison barb: Miss Kerala not endangered


  • A section of aquarists and ornamental fish breeders are surprised that the Denison barb (Miss Kerala), a native freshwater fish species commonly found in parts of Karnataka and Kerala, has been included in Schedule I of the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021.

Key Details of Denison barb

  • Aquarium enthusiast says the scientific name Puntius denisonii, given against the common name Denison barb, is wrong; it should have been Sahyadria denisonii.

    Denison barb
    Credit: TH
  • Even then, the species is found in the States of Kerala and Karnataka. 
  • Sahyadria denisonii is found in almost 11 rivers of Kerala and Karnataka with some of the highest endemic aquatic fauna in the country.
  • The income from the collection of denisonii for the ornamental fish trade acts as an incentive for fishermen to protect habitats.

Source: TH

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