Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Torinae
Etymology: Hypselobarbus: Greek, hypselos = high + Latin, barbus =barbel (Ref. 45335). More on author: Hamilton.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 120 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4832)
This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: with maxillary barbels, but no rostral barbels; last simple dorsal ray is weak and smooth; complete lateral line with 41-43 +1 pored scales; transverse scales from dorsal-fin origin to pelvic fin origin 9-10/1/4½-5; scales between lateral line and anal-fin origin 5½-6; gill rakers are long and branched; proximal end of fifth ceratobranchial hook shaped, with 5+3+2 teeth; behind opercle is a black bar, prominent in juvenile specimens (less than ca 10.0 cm SL), and becoming progressively fainter in mature specimens; all fins pale yellow, red pigments on interradial membranes in large (more than ca 20.0 cm SL) individuals (Ref. 94728).
Occurs in rivers, usually in deep pools and shady parts in the hilly regions. Lives and breeds in hilly terrain but comes down to tidal reaches for feeding. Spawns in small streams with sandy and weedy bottoms. Feeds mainly on algae and occasionally on insect larvae.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Knight, J.D.M., A. Rai and R.K.P. D'Souza, 2013. On the identities of Barbus mussullah Sykes and Cyprinus curmuca Hamilton with notes on the status of Gobio canarensis Jerdon (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zootaxa 3750(3):201-215. (Ref. 94728)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: likely future use
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00427 (0.00195 - 0.00935), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.26 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming tm>4).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (73 of 100) .