Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Smiliogastrinae
Etymology: Puntius: Lantin, punctum = point, the point of the sword (Ref. 45335); kelumi: Named from the Sri Lankan naturalist Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Kelani, Kalu, Bentara, Gin, and Nilwala river drainages in Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 79817)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. Differs from all congeners from Sri Lanka and the peninsula of India by the following combination of characters: last unbranched dorsal-fin ray smooth; body depth 28.6-35.5% SL; 2 maxillary barbels, about as long as eye diameter; scales on lateral line 20-23; scales in transverse line from mid-dorsum to pelvic-fin origin ½3/1/2½ ; posterior profile of mid-body lateral-line scales medially notched; and sides of head and body of breeding males rough, scattered extensively with tubercles (Ref. 79817).
Inhabits mainly larger, clear-water streams descending from the central mountains, close to the areas in which these reach the coastal floodplain. Substrates of the these streams are composed of granite, pebble or sand (Ref. 79817).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pethiyagoda, R., A. Silva, K. Maduwage and M. Meegaskumbura, 2008. Puntius kelumi, a new species of cyprinid fish from Sri Lanka (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 19(3):201-214. (Ref. 79817)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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=0.01230 (0.00544 - 0.02785), b=3.00 (2.83 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.6 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .