Khanka spiny bitterling

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Khanka spiny bitterling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Acheilognathinae
Genus: Acanthorhodeus
Bleeker, 1871
Species: A. chankaensis
Binomial name
Acanthorhodeus chankaensis
(Dybowski, 1872)

The Khanka spiny bitterling (Acanthorhodeus chankaensis) is a temperate freshwater fish belonging to the Acheilognathinae subfamily of the family Cyprinidae. It originates in the inland rivers in Asia, and is found in China, Korea, and Russia. It is currently the only known species in its genus.

The fish can grow up to 12 cm (4.7 in) in total length. It lives in a temperate climate in water with a pH of 7.0, a hardness of 15 DH, and a temperature range of 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F). It is of commercial importance for fisheries and public aquaria.[1]

When spawning, the female deposits the eggs inside bivalves. The young hatch and remain within the bivalve until they can swim.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Acanthorhodeus chankaensis" in FishBase. February 2013 version.