Labeo erythropterus Valenciennes, 1842
photo by Warren, T.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Labeoninae
Max. size:  70 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic, potamodromous
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong basin; also from the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra (Ref. 13275).
Diagnosis:  Has 11-12 branched dorsal-fin rays; 38-42 gill rakers on lower arm of first arch; lower lip papillae along anterior edge in juveniles with papillae disappearing in adults (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Occurs in bottom depths of large rivers in lower Mekong, including the upper edge of the freshwater tidal zone. Typically found in fairly fast currents, although it is encountered in the seasonally sluggish TonlĂ© Sap in Cambodia. Enters flooded forests, preferring areas with at least some current. Herbivorous, feeding on bottom algae, phytoplankton, periphyton and detritus. Large fish are marketed fresh, smaller ones are made into prahoc. Known to proliferate in impoundments (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 18.04.96
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 03.08.01
Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 08.05.96

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