Barbus barbus

6. July 2007

This endemic species can be found through Europe, from France to the Memel River, in England in the Thames and a few other rivers and in the Danube and its tributaries. During the breeding season the male fish have a cloudy secrete on the head with white nodules. The females are considerable bigger and rounder then the males. The eggs of this barb are slightly poisonous. These are very interesting fish for an endemic fish tank and of course the temperate aquarium. They take all kinds of live and frozen food, all available vegetarian stuff but also flake food and tablets. Several subspecies of B. barbus are known and described for Europe, like for instance French, Yugoslavian and Greek subspecies. (Photo: Frank Schäfer, Text: Izaak den Daas)

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