Hypselobarbus pulchellus Day, 1870




Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Barbus pulchellus Day, 1870


Conservation Status

Last record: 1870 or before

Rediscovered in 2013 or before (Knight et al. 2013a,b)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



South Canara, Karnataka, India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Day, F. (1870). Notes on some fishes from the western coast of India. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London 1870(2): 369-374.


Other references:

Arunachala, Muthukumarasamy, Chinnaraja, Sivadoss and Mayden, Richard Lee. (2016). On the identities of [i]Hypselobarbus pulchellus[/i] (Day, 1870), H. dobsoni (Day, 1876), [i]H. jerdoni[/i] (Day, 1870), and [i]H. maciveri[/i] Annandale 1919 (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae), with the description of a new species of Hypselobarbus from peninsular India. FishTaxa 1(3): [pagination?]. [Abstract]

Basavaraja, N. (2014). Comments on Hypselobarbus pulchellus part of the articles by Knight et al. (2013a,b) published in JoTT. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6(1): 5417-5418.

Knight, J. D. M., Rai, A. and D’souza, R. K. P. (2013a). Re-description of Hypselobarbus lithopidos (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), based on its rediscovery from the Western Ghats, India, with notes on H. thomassi. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(13): 4734-4742.

Knight, J. D. M., Rai, A. and D’souza, R. K. P. (2013b). Rediscovery of Hypselobarbus pulchellus, an endemic and threatened barb (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) of the Western Ghats, with notes on H. dobsoni and H. jerdoni. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(17): 5194-5201.

Knight, J. D. M., Rai, A. and D’souza, R. K. P. (2014a). Reply to the response given by N. Basavaraja to Knight et al. 2013a&b. Journal of Threatened Taxa 6(1): 5419-5420.

Knight, J. D. M., Rai, A. and D’souza, R. K. P. (2014b). Identity of Hypselobarbus pulchellus (Day, 1870) - an addendum to Knight et al. (2013 a&b). Journal of Threatened Taxa 6(2): 5512.

Rema Devi, K. R. and Ali, A. (2011). Hypselobarbus pulchellus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 01 September 2012.

Shrivana, R. (2013). A ray of hope for rare fish. Deccan Herald (Spectrum Statescan), 18 June.


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