Pao barbatus

Pao barbatus is a species of freshwater pufferfish found in the Mekong River in southeast Asia.[1]

It is closely related to Tetraodon (Pao) cambodgiensis and was generally considered a junior synonym of that species until 2013.[1] In the same year its species group was moved from the genus Tetraodon to Pao.[2][3]

Pao barbatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Pao
Species: P. barbatus
Binomial name
Pao barbatus
(Roberts, 1998)

Tetraodon barbatus


  1. ^ a b Saenjundaeng, P., Grudpun, C., & Vidthayanon, C. (2013): Validation of Tetraodon barbatus Roberts, 1998, a Freshwater Pufferfish (Family Tetraodontidae) from the Mekong River. Tropical Natural History, 13 (2): 77-85.
  2. ^ Kottelat, M. (2013): The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 2013, Supplement No. 27: 1–663.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N., R. Fricke, and R. van der Laan (18 February 2017). Catalog of Fishes. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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