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.
Within China the fish is raised on fish farms.
Mekong River, Chao Phraya River, Mae Klong River and Tapee River Basin in the south of Thailand
Fishery: Trade; Aquaculture: Trade
Mud carp is an omnivore and mainly consumes water plants or insects. Farm raised carp are fed pellets.
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. Increase of hunting has threatened the number of mud carp.
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