Poropuntius laoensis (Günther, 1868)
photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Cyprininae
Max. size:  32 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 530.0 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater, non-migratory
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong basin.
Diagnosis:  Body oblong (Ref. 43281), body depth 2.8-3.1 times in SL; depth of caudal peduncle 1.1-1.3 times in its length; shorter dorsal fin (length of stiff part of last simple dorsal ray less than half of body depth at dorsal-fin origin in large specimens; the yellow and black pattern on the caudal fin more contrasted (Ref. 27732). Circumferential scale rows 22-24; predorsal scales 11-13; total gill rakers on first arch 10 or fewer (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Inhabits clear forested streams. Not found in large rivers and does not persist in impoundments. Not known to migrate. Feeds mainly on insect larvae. Not seen in markets (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 14 March 2011 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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