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European Bitterling Rhodeus amarus
2013-10-15 12:33:35

The European Bitterling (Rhodeus amarus) is a temperate freshwater fish belonging to the Acheilognathinae sub-family of the Cyprinidae family. It originates from Europe, ranging from the Rhone River basin found in France to the Neva River found in Russia. It was originally described as Cyprinus amarus by Marcus Elieser Block in 1782, and has been referred to within scientific literature as...

Rosy Bitterling Rhodeus ocellatus kurumeus
2013-02-09 08:49:46

Image Caption: A Japanese rosy bitterling, taken in Japan, 2006. Credit: Book 74/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0 and 1.0) The rosy bitterling is a fresh water fish native to Japan consisting of two distinct species, the R. o. kurumeus and the subspecies R. o. ocellatus. The R. o. kurumeus species of this fish is found only in Japan, whereas the R. o. ocellatus species is also found in...

Silver Carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
2013-02-09 08:21:21

Image Caption: Juvenile silver carp. Credit: Mirko Barthel/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The silver carp is a freshwater fish native to north and northeast Asia. It has been introduced or spread into at least 88 other countries around the world for reasons of aquaculture. It was imported into North America in the 1970’s to control algae growth at wastewater treatment facilities, soon after, the...

Black Carp Mylopharyngodon piceus
2012-09-03 08:32:03

The black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) is one of the most sought after fish in China. It is one of the top four elite fish along with silver, bighead, and grass carps.  The black carp is the only species of the genus Mylopharyngodon . It is a cyprinid fish found in China with its two main purposes being for food and for Chinese Medicine. The black carp is a rather large fish that can grow up...

Amur Bitterling Rhodeus sericeus
2012-04-02 16:16:49

The Amur Bitterling, (Rhodeus sericeus), is a species of fish in the carp family. This species is sometimes just called “bitterling.” However, bitterling properly refers to any species in the entire genus Rhodeus. This species is found in Siberia. Mussels are an essential part of the Bitterling’s reproductive system, with bitterling eggs being laid inside them. It was long believed...

Common Nase Chondrostoma
2009-07-03 18:28:02

The Common Nase (Chondrostoma) is a migrating, or potamodromous, fish. It is found in the basins of the Danube, Meuse, and Rhine rivers. It is often referred to as "the Nase". Referring to the Common Nase as just "the Nase" can also be referring to any species of its family. This fish has also been called sneep. The Common Nase has blue-grey metallic scales and an orange tail. Its body is...

Bonytail Chub
2009-01-13 19:58:20

The Bonytail Chub (Gila elegans) is a species of freshwater fish native to certain areas of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the United States. Bonytail chub prefer backwaters with rocky or muddy bottoms and flowing pools, although they have been reported in swiftly moving water. They are mostly restricted to rocky canyons today, but were historically abundant in the wide...

Common Bleak
2009-01-13 18:41:19

The Common Bleak (Alburnus alburnus) is a small pelagic fish that occurs in Western England. In Europe it is found in southern Sweden, France and eastward toward the Wolga Basin and north-western Turkey. It mainly prefers open waters where there is an inflow of food from places like pumping stations or weirs. It is also found in streams and in clear standing waters and can be very numerous in...

Common Barbel
2008-10-16 17:40:22

The Common Barbel (Barbus barbus) is a species of freshwater fish that belongs to the Cyprinidae family of minnows and carps. It is native throughout Europe and China. It has been introduced to Morocco and Italy. They are usually found at the bottom of rivers and open water. They only play a small role in commercial agriculture, but they are a very popular sport fish. The adult barbel can be...

2007-04-13 19:41:12

Mahseers are large-scaled carp of the family Cyprinidae, prized game fish generally found in India and southern Asia. They were originally described by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton in 1822, and first mentioned as an angling challenge by the Oriental Sporting Magazine in 1833, soon becoming a favorite quarry of British anglers living in India. The Golden Mahseer has been known to reach 9 ft in...

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