Scientific Name: Esomus danricus
Tamil Name: Purrovoo
Description: This is a small active slender fish readily identified by its gold and black lateral band. The pectoral fins are wing like. This and the highly extender pair of barbells are conspicuous when the fish swims close to the surface of the water. It has orange red fins. They have two pairs of Barbels one small and the other extending to close to half of the body. The lateral band is dark in young fish.
Habitats and Distribution: The flying Barb lives usually in ponds, tanks, ditches and canals. It is capable of leaping out of the water. They feed close to the water. They prefer well aerated water. It is distributed all over India particularly common in flood prone areas in Chennai. It is found in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Note: Flying Barb is identified by the long pectoral fins and barbels
Photo source: Dr. J.D. Marcus knight