The Terbul / Bonylip Barb are dainty fish that inhabit many rivers in the central and southern rivers of the Peninsula. The body is covered in small scales coloured pale yellow with red specks. The fins are pink.
Terbul has a small, soft mouth. Thus, hooks need to be small. The favourite bait is a small piece of oil palm kernel, placed in gentle water around sunken snags of the river. Terbul normally grow to about 1 kg but are good fighters on light tackle.
Scientific name: Osteochilus hasselti
Common name: Bonylip barb
Malay name: Terbul, Terbui
Salient Features: Body is covered in small scales coloured pale yellow with red specks. In large specimens, red speck may cover the whole scale. Mouth is small. Lips covered with tubercles. The fins are pink. Round black spot at tail.
Preferred habitat: Eddies of rivers provided by underwater obstructions (pilings, sunken logs etc); bottom of mining lakes (with connection to stream) with underwater structure.
Distribution: Selangor, Perak, Pahang, Indochina, Myanmar, Sulawesi
Record size: 0.8 kg, 25 cm std length: Batang Kali, Selangor
Angling record: As above (unofficial)
Conservation status: Common
Diet: Vegetable matter
Common baits: Doughbait (fishfeed), small pieces of oil palm kernel
Popular lures & flies: N/A.