aruli barb

Scientific name Dawkinsia arulius
Descriptor Jerdon
Year of description 1849
IUCN category EN
Family Cyprinidae
Genus Dawkinsia
Dawkinsia arulius Dawkinsia arulius


Dawkinsia arulius, commonly known as aruli barb, is a fresh water fish from the Asia.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Longevity
    8 year
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Longevity
    8 year
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the aruli barb ?

The aruli barb measures between 10 and 12 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly jaune, orange and noir body. The also has noir vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The aruli barb is a fish living in small groups naturally found at mid-depth. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is omnivorous .

Although the aruli barb is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The aruli barb is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    19 - 25 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 6.5
  • Flow
    Medium and Slow

Biotope presentation

The aruli barb is most often found at a depth between 0m and 5m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

This species lives near large roots, in which it can find refuge in case of danger. This type of habitat is often found not far from the banks.


Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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Bibliographic references

DNA barcoding of endangered fish Dawkinsia tambraparniei for species identification - Vijay Velu - Ramesh Uthandakalaipandian - International Journal of Zoology Studies - 2017.

Three new species of filament barbs of the genus Dawkinsia (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Western Ghats of India - Unmesh Katwate - J.D. Marcus Knight - V.K. Anoop - Rajeev Raghavan - Neelesh Dahanukar - Vertebrate Zoology - 2020.

Freshwater fishes of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats of Karnataka, India - Rajeev Raghavan - Naren Sreenivasan - Neethi Mahesh - Journal of Threatened Taxa - 2021.

Uncovering an Obscure Trade: Threatened Freshwater Fishes and the Aquarium Pet Markets - Rajeev Raghavan - Neelesh Dahanukar - M. Tlusty - A. Rhyne - K. Krishnakumar - S. Molur - A.M. Rosser - Biological Conservation - 2013.

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