Diamond Shark

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Description of the Diamond Shark

The Diamond Shark is also known as the Pale Barb or Golden Belly Barb.  They are a Potamodromous fish which is defined as a migratory fish which migrates wholly within freshwater.

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Popular Name: Diamond Shark
Species: Hypsibarbus wetmorei

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Diamond Shark

Profile of the Diamond Shark
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Diamond Shark species.

  • Size: Can grow up to 25cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 23 - 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen, Pellet or Flaked Food

  • Temperament: Peaceful, Good community fish

  • Habitat: Freshwater forest streams and rivers

  • Behaviour: Best kept in small groups, ideally 3 to 5

  • Range: South East Asia and Malay Peninsular

Scientific Classification of the Diamond Shark
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Hypsibarbus wetmorei

  • Popular Name: Diamond Shark

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes 

  • Family: Cyprinidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Diamond Shark?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Diamond Shark slimy?
Diamond Shark secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Diamond Shark to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Diamond Shark have gills?
Gills enable the Diamond Shark to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Diamond Shark have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Diamond Shark has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Diamond Shark has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Diamond Shark has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Diamond Shark has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Diamond Shark

Diamond Shark

  • Interesting Information about Diamond Shark

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Diamond Shark slimy?

  • Why do the Diamond Shark have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Diamond Shark have fins?

  • Species: Barbus daruphani

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