Biology:Redtail barb

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Redtail barb
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Enteromius
E. gurneyi
Binomial name
Enteromius gurneyi
(Günther, 1868)

Barbus gurneyi Günther, 1868

The redtail barb (Enteromius gurneyi) is a species of cyprinid fish endemic to KwaZulu Natal in South Africa . It is found at altitudes of 300–1,000 metres (980–3,280 ft), particularly in clear streams over sandstones.[2] [3]


This species reaches a length of 10.0 cm (3.9 in).[4]


The fish is named in honor of John Henry Gurney (1819–1890), an English banker and amateur ornithologist, through whose help Günther received numerous specimens from Port Natal Durban, South Africa.[5]


  1. O'Brien, G.; Kubheka, S.; Evans, S.W. (2017). "Enteromius gurneyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T63262A100141523. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T63262A100141523.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021. 
  2. R. Froese; D. Pauly, eds (2017). "Enteromius gurneyi (Günther, 1868) Retdtail barb". Fishbase. 
  3. Skelton, P.H., 1993. A complete guide to the freshwater fishes of southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 p.
  4. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Enteromius gurneyi" in FishBase. February 2015 version.
  5. "Order CYPRINIFORMES: Family CYPRINIDAE: Subfamily SMILIOGASTRINAE". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. 22 September 2018. 

Wikidata ☰ Q2300388 entry