The name “barb,” meaning “beard,” comes from the whiskerlike barbules which are located in the corner of the fish’s mouth. Now, some species have two pairs of these sensory appendages and some simply just don’t have them. Barbs are egglaying members of the carp family Cyprindae, and are typically fish-shaped, and have no unique extreme shapes or scalation like the catfish species.
This species lacks any real specializations, which points to the theory that Barbs are resourceful and actively swim in schools. They seem to have a universal taste and school because of their small size, excluding the tin foil barb(which get up to 12in or 30 cm), makes them great food for larger fish. To help avoid predators Barbs have excellent vision and are quite fast.
When it comes to reproduction there is not parental care given to the fry, or eggs.