Balkhash perch

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Balkhash perch
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Percidae
Genus: Perca
Species: P. schrenkii
Binomial name
Perca schrenkii
Kessler, 1874

The Balkhash perch (Perca schrenkii) is a species of perch found in Kazakhstan, (in Lake Balkhash and Lake Alakol), Uzbekistan, and China. It is very similar to the European perch, and grows to a comparable size.


They have an elongated body and light-colored body. The body is covered with scales of medium size (41-54 in lateral line). Their first dorsal fin is lower than the usual perch. Adults reach a body length of 50 cm, weight 1.5 kg.[1]


Perca in Greek is perke, which means perch, and translates to a fish without identification.[2]


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