Cirrhinus molitorella

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Mud carp
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Cirrhinus
Species: C. molitorella
Binomial name
Cirrhinus molitorella
(Valenciennes, 1844)
Synonyms
  • Cirrhinus chinensis Günther, 1868
  • Cirrhinus melanostigma Fowler & Bean, 1922
  • Labeo collaris Nichols and Pope, 1927

Cirrhinus molitorella (mud carp or dace) is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Cirrhinus found mainly in southern China and Vietnam.

History[edit]

The mud carp is a fish native to China and found in the waterways of the Pearl River, but it also found in the Mekong River. The freshwater fish was introduced as food fish to substitute Common carp for common people as the former fish was reserved for consumption by the Emperor.[1]

Habitat[edit]

The mud carp is found in Mekong River and Pearl River delta, as well as bodies of freshwater along these two rivers.

The fish has been introduced to areas beyond their habitat:[2]

Within China the fish is raised on fish farms.

Diet[edit]

Mud carp is an omnivore and mainly consumes water plants or insects. Farm raised carp are fed pellets.

Food[edit]

Due to low cost of production, the fish is mainly consumed by the poor and locally consumed; it is mostly sold live and eaten fresh, but can be dried and salted.[3]

The fish is sometimes canned or processed as fish cakes, fish balls [4] or dumplings. They can be found for retail sale within China.[5]

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