The Red-Line Torpedo Barb (Sahyadria denisonii) is an endangered cyprinid freshwater fish. It is also known as the Denison Barb.
The Red-Line Torpedo Barb has a silver torpedo-shaped body with a horizontal red line from its nose, through its eye, and to the middle of its body. Below the red line is a horizontal black line from its nose to its tail. There is also a red line on its dorsal fin (back fin) and two black spots on its tail.
It measures about 15 centimetres (6 inches) long.
The Red-Line Torpedo Barb is native to the sub-tropical rivers and streams of the Western Ghats in India. It prefers fast-flowing water and rocky pools with thick vegetation on the river banks.
It lives in groups, called schools, feeding on worms, shrimps, and aquatic animals.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM