Labeo niloticus

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Labeo niloticus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Labeo
Species: L. niloticus
Binomial name
Labeo niloticus
(Linnaeus, 1758)[2]

Labeo niloticus, the Nile carp, is a fish species in the genus Labeo. It feeds primary on plankton, and is distributed along the entire Nile valley. It is generally believed to be the fish that swallowed the phallus of the Egyptian god Osiris in the myth regarding his death at the hands of his brother Seth.


  1. ^ NatureServe (2013). "Labeo niloticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  2. ^ FishBase