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Biology

Found in lower and middle levels of water bodies with sluggish current in sandy and rocky substratum. Usually found in shoals. Hides beneath deep water rocks or in ponds in winter and migrates upstream in spring for breeding purposes (Ref. 45563). Also known as "Yellow River pigeon fish" because of its economic value. Large-bodied, rich in fat and delicious in taste, this fish is highly valued by local residents (Ref. 45563).
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Distribution

Asia: Huanghe River, China.
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China.
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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Body gray with light yellow on body and abdomen silver-white with slight yellow; purple spots scattered on sides of body; dorsal fin grayish and other fins grayish yellow. Barbels 1 pair; bases of dorsal and anal fins with scale sheath; dorsal fin situated in front part of center of body; pectoral fin widened and long, not reaching to base of ventral fin; upper lobe of caudal fin slightly longer than lower one.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater
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Trophic Strategy

Found in lower and middle levels of water bodies with sluggish current in sandy and rocky substratum. Usually found in shoals. Hides beneath deep water rocks or in ponds in winter and migrates upstream in spring for breeding purposes.
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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