Pethia (formerly Barbus or Puntius) erythromycter – Lipstick barb

8. April 2019

This unique dwarf barb (max. 4 cm total length) from Burma has a red “moustache”. In males it is more pronounced than in females, but in P. erythromycter the ladies also have a moustache. Until its scientific description in 2008, the species was called Barbus cf. puntio.

This species is best cared for at room temperature. During the courtship display the males appear to be covered with soot, because the scales then get fine dark edges. They are absolutely peaceful fish, which can be cared for in community tanks without any problems.

For our customers: the animals have code 372752 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer