Fiery redfin

The fiery redfin (Pseudobarbus phlegethon) is an African freshwater fish species in the family Cyprinidae.[2]

Fiery redfin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Barbinae
Genus: Pseudobarbus
P. phlegethon
Binomial name
Pseudobarbus phlegethon
(Barnard, 1938)
  • Barbus phlegethon Barnard, 1938

The fish is endemic to South Africa, where it can be found in the Oudste, Thee, Noordhoeks, Boskloof and Rondegat tributaries of the Olifants River system on the western side of the Cederberg Mountains where it is threatened [1] by habitat destruction and the impact of invasive species including Grass carp, Largemouth bass, Rainbow trout and Sharp-tooth catfish.

Fiery redfins prefer stoney habitat in the lower reaches of tributary streams, with moderate flow. The fiery redfin can grow to around 70 mm in length, males have bright red fins in the breeding season and defend their territories.


  1. Swartz, E. & Impson, D. (2007). "Pseudobarbus phlegethon". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2007: e.T18474A8324375. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T18474A8324375.en.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Pseudobarbus phlegethon" in FishBase. April 2014 version.

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