Barbodes amarus Herre

Bitter Barbel (Barbodes amarus)  

This species, which locally is known as Dipura or Pait, was endemic to Lake Lanao on the island of Mindanao, Philippines.  

The species reached a length of about 11 cm.  

The species was reportedly last caught in 1982, all subsequent surveys failed to record it and it is now feared to be extinct.  


The causes for the extinction of so many endemic fish species from Lake Lanao are the excessive exploitation of fish, which is the main diet for the increasing human population in the area; the traditional fishing methods having been replaced by dynamite fishing, which simply destroys and kills everything, and by the use of several poisons.  


edited: 27.03.2017