Melon barb

The melon barb (Haludaria fasciata) is a common species of cyprinid fish that is endemic to rivers in Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats of South India.[1] They live in a tropical climate in water that typically has a pH of 6.0—6.5, a water hardness of around 5 dGH, and a temperature range of 22–26 °C (72–79 °F).[2] This species can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]

Melon barb
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Haludaria
H. fasciata
Binomial name
Haludaria fasciata
(Jerdon, 1849)
  • Barbus fasciatus (Jerdon, 1849)
  • Cirrhinus fasciatus Jerdon, 1849
  • Dravidia fasciata (Jerdon, 1849)
  • Puntius fasciatus (Jerdon, 1849)
Melon barb - Puntius fasciatus - Vazhakka varayan

The melon barb is an open water, substrate egg-scatterer, and adults do not guard the eggs. It grows to a length of 6 centimetres (2.4 in).[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Abraham, R. 2011. Haludaria fasciata. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 3 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Haludaria fasciata" in FishBase. October 2013 version.