Cyprinus longipectoralis Chen & Huang, 1977
Cyprinus longipectoralis
photo by CAFS

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Cyprininae
Max. size:  35 cm OT (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: endemic to Erhai Lake in Yunnan Province, China.
Diagnosis:  Body gray or yellowish black, top of body black and white on abdomen; scales on upper sides of body with markedly black spots. Barbels 1 or 2 pairs and rostral one degenerated or less developed.
Biology:  Inhabits lake (Ref. 26563). Length type refers to body length (Ref. 26563). Stays in the open water area of the lake. Feeds mainly on zoobenthos, insect larva and plants. Spawning period from March to April. Local people call it "Chun-Yu" (spring fish), as it spawns early (Ref. 45563).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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