The Indian government’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is now launching a breeding program for the threatened Red line torpedo barb (Puntius denisonii).

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Torpedo barb – Picture by brookfish

Puntius denisonii, commonly known as Red line torpedo barb, Roseline shark, or Denison barb, is native to the fast-flowing hill streams and rivers in Kerala, at state located in the southern part of India. It is highly sought after in the aquarium trade.

After several years of research, the MPEDA has now managed to successfully breed Red line torpedo barb using two different techniques: one that relies on hormone treatment to trigger spawning and one where the natural breeding conditions of this barb is recreated in captivity.

MPEDA hopes to be starting commercial production shortly.

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Picture by brookfish