Dawkinsia assimilis (Jerdon, 1849)
Dawkinsia assimilis
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Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  11.15 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: India.
Diagnosis:  Adults measuring >4.33 cm SL differ from all other South Asian Puntius by a combination of the following characters: a black band about as wide as eye across each caudal-fin lobe (faint or absent in adults of the Kallada River population); lower lip continuous, a caudal blotch on 2-5 scales, commencing posterior to anal-fin origin; no distinct markings on body in advance of anal-fin origin. Adult males from the Chalakudy and Kallada River populations with branched dorsal rays prolonged into filament-like extensions. Adults of P. assimilis may be distinguished from P. filamentosus by possessing mouth inferior (vs. subterminal) and maxillary barbels 23.5-33.3% HL (vs. 2.8-8.1%) (Ref. 55036). Description: Pectoral fin with one simple and 14 branched rays. Lateral line with 19 or 20 scales, 2 pored scales on base of caudal fin (Ref. 55036).
Biology:  Occurs in a variety of habitats such slow-flowing areas close to the banks with muddy substrate, clear-water, rock substrate areas and relatively fast-flowing waters (Ref. 55036).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 01 April 2011 (D2) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 24.08.05
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13

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