Mascara Barb Dawkinsia assimilis

Mascara Barb
Mascara Barb
Mascara Barb
The Mascara Barb is native to clear, fast-flowing southern streams of India's Western Ghats. It grows to some 11cm long. They are at high risk of becoming extinct in the wild.
Mascara Barb
Mascara Barbs with Tambraparniei Barbs
Mascara Barbs with Tambraparniei Barbs Mascara, Tambraparniei and Torpedo Barbs.
It has a couple of bright red and black lines on its tail and a black blotch on the rear flank like the related Filament Barb, but is more colourful (especially breeding males) with a dotted curve of red spots on the flank, red lips, blue and red around the face, and, particularly, distinctive black shading on the eyes after which it is named.
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Filament Barb Dawkinsia filamentosa (prev. Puntius filamentosus)

Filament Barb
Filament Barb
Filament and Mascara Barbs Filament pursued by Mascara Barb.
The Filament Barb, also called the Blackspot Barb, is native to floodplains of southern India. It grows to an average 10cm (4 inches) long but can grow much bigger. It is named after the adult males which grow threadlike filaments from their dorsal fin. Breeding males develop a pinkish-red underside. Juveniles have black spots and very little colour.
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Rohan's Barb Dawkinsia rohani

Rohan's Barbs
Rohan and Filament Barbs Rohan's Barbs (top) with Filament Barb.
Rohan's Barb, also called Rohan's Filament Barb, is vulnerable to extinction, with only 5 wild populations in a 10 sq. km. area of the extreme tip of southern India in Tamil Nadu state. They resemble the related Filament Barb but have plain red or clear tail fins instead of the red and black lines. Males are more coloured with brighter red anal and tail fins and, when breeding, a pink underside.
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