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Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)

Black carp is a freshwater fish scientifically known as Mylopharyngodon piceus. It is native to rivers and lakes of Asia, being considered one of the four Chinese major carps.

Black carp is a carnivorous fish associated to the bottom. Large juveniles and adults use their heavy pharyngeal teeth to crash molluscs shells and feed on them. So, this carp is cultured not only to be sold as meat, but also for biological control in polycultures with other carps or even other fish species – like catfish ponds in USA – because it feeds on molluscs that can be intermediate hosts for diseases.

Despite its highly marketable potential, wild information about Black carp is rare. Much information related to farm conditions for this species is also missing, which makes it difficult to address and improve its welfare conditions in farms. So, more research about basic information from wild and cultured Black carp is urgently needed.

If you want to know more about Black carp, visit its short profile in our FishEthoBase here.

(posted on 2022/08/10)

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