Giant salmon carp

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Giant salmon carp
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Aaptosyax
Rainboth, 1991
Species: A. grypus
Binomial name
Aaptosyax grypus
Rainboth, 1991
Synonyms

Aptosyax grypus [orth. err.]

The giant salmon carp[2] (Aaptosyax grypus), also termed the Mekong giant salmon carp[1] is a species of freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family, and the single species in the monotypic genus Aaptosyax. It is endemic to the middle reaches of the Mekong River in northern Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Its population is much reduced (>90%) as a result of overfishing and habitat degradation, and it is now considered Critically Endangered.[1]

This fish can reach a length of 130 centimetres (51 in) and weight of 30 kilograms (66 lb).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vidthayanon, C (2013). "Aaptosyax grypus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Aaptosyax grypus Rainboth, 1991". FishBase. 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012.