Barbus trimaculatus is a benthopelagic, potamodromous species. It is found in shallow water near river outlets or close to swampy areas (Konings 1990). Barbus trimaculatus commonly occurs in a wide variety of habitats, especially where there is vegetation. It occurs in main channels of large rivers, it penetrates high into some tributary systems and may also be present in isolated floodplain pools.It feeds on insects and other small organisms, and seeds of plants. Barbus trimaculatus breeds in the summer, with shoals of ripe adults moving upstream in spate after rain. Females produce as many as 8,000 eggs (Skelton 1993).
freshwater environment freshwater environment non-marine more
body length (CMO)
15.0 cm male or unsexed
geographic distribution includes
Africa: Zambezi River system, Lake Ngami and Cubango rivers; Lake Malawi and the Ruo River; Lake Bangweulu and associated rivers; Luapula and upper Lualaba rivers; Orange, Limpopo, Comati and Vaal Rivers systems; Kunene and Cubango Rivers (Ref. 2801)