Pseudobarbus quathlambae (Barnard, 1938)

Maloti redfin, Maloti minnow



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Oreodaimon quathlambae (Barnard, 1938)


Conservation Status


IUCN RedList status: Endangered



Lesotho & South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)


Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Barnard, K. H. (1938). Description of a new species of fresh water fish from Natal. Annals of the Natal Museum 8: 525-528.


Other references:

Chakona, A. and Kubheka, S. (2018). Pseudobarbus quathlambae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T18475A100171498. Accessed on 06 March 2023.

Crass, R. S. (1960). Notes on the freshwater fishes of Natal with descriptions of four new species. Annals of Natal Museum 14: 405-458.

Crass, R. S. (1964). Freshwater Fishes of Natal. Shuter and Shooter, Pietermaritzburg.

Jubb, R. A. (1966). Labeo quathlambae, a rare freshwater fish now feared extinct. Piscator 67: 78-80.

Kubheka, P. S., Chakona, A. and Mazungula, D. N. (2017). The Maloti minnow Pseudobarbus quathlambae (Barnard, 1938) is not extinct in South Africa. African journal of Aquatic Science 42: 303-306.

Pike, T and Karsing, R. J. (1973). Rediscovery of Oreodaimon quathlambae (Barnard). Lammergeyer 19: 9-15.

Pike, T. and Karssing, R. J. (1995). Investigation of the presence of Maluti Minnows, Pseudobarbus quathlambae in the Umkomozana River. Lammergeyer 43: 64.

SAIAB. (2016). Specimen-records of preserved specimens and observations in the database of the National Collection of Fishes of South Africa. Dataset/Occurrence . South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown.

Shelton, J. M., Calrk, B. M., Sephaka, T. and Turpie, J. K. (2017). Population crash in Lesotho’s endemic Maloti minnow Pseudobarbus quathlambae following invasion by translocated smallmouth yellowfish Labeobarbus aeneus. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 27: 65-77.

Skelton, P. H. (2001). A Complete Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, South Africa.

Skelton, P., Rall, J., Swartz, E., Bloomer, P., Bills, R. and Tweddle D. (2001). Contract LHDA 1041: Maloti Minnow Conservation Project. South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown.


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