The mandarin fish or Chinese perch (Siniperca chuatsi) is a freshwater fish that lives in China. It also inhabits Amur river bassin of Russia and the rivers of Korean peninsula. Russian name is Aukha and the Koreans call it Ssogari. Its back is yellow, green or brown with many irregular black spots and patches. It has a big mouth and small round scales. Mandarin fish live in still water and move to deep water in winter. It should not be confused with the unrelated saltwater mandarinfish.
The mandarin fish is very popular as food in China. Its name (鳜鱼) appears in many Chinese poems and books. The Koreans organize fishing festivals in the end of April in Danyang city with the aim of catching the biggest fish of this kind.
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