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Pararasbora moltrechti Regan, 1908
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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Cypriniformes  
 Family Cyprinidae  
 Genus Pararasbora  
  Pararasbora moltrechti    Regan, 1908 
Provider: Tseng, Chin-Tsian 
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Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993); 臺灣淡水及河口魚類誌(陳&方, 1999); 臺灣淡水魚類-壹 鯉形目(陳&張, 2005)
Character: Head large, broad. Snout short, blunt. Eye moderately large. Mouth protractile, oblique; posterior end of upper jaw reaches anterior margin of eye. Barbels absent. Body elongated, compressed; Scales moderately large, cycloid; lateral line complete. L.l.:35-36; dorsal fin rays:3+7; pelvic fin rays:1+7; anal fin rays:2+7. Dorsal fin origin closer to caudal peduncle end than to snout tip; pectoral fin end distant from pelvic fin origin; pectoral and pelvic fins at lower side of body; anal fin rays short, the longest distant from caudal peduncle end; caudal fin concave. Dark grayish dorsally, side and belly silvery white. Dark margins on scales along back and upper side of body. 
Habitat: Primary freshwater fish, prefers slow running water at middle reaches, can be found in backwater of rivers and ponds, especially areas rich in aquatic vegetation. Form schools. Polyphagia, feeds on diatom and aquatic insects. 
Distribution: Endemic to middle portion of western Taiwan, can be found only in Tachia River and Tatu River. 
Utility: Small in size and poorly noticed. Potential ornamental fish. Endangered. 
Name Code: 381020
     Taiwan Wildlife Conservation Act- Endangered        Chen,2012:EN   Chen,2012:EN    Endemic     
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Aphyocypris moltrechti (Regan , 1908)

Moltrecht's minnow Upload your photos  and  videos
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > ex-danioninae
Etymology: Aphyocypris: Greek, aphye, -es, sardine, anchovy + Greek, Cypris = Aphrodite (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on author: Regan .

This species has no status in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. Jul. 2010: Ref. 84883), however the species is well known and documented in Chen & Chang (2005: Ref. 08473 1) (S. Kullander, pers. comm., July 2010).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Subtropical

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Asia: Taiwan.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87785 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae : 8. This species is characterized by the following: compressed body, incomplete ventral keel, extending from anus toward the ventral fin base; complete lateral line, extending to caudal fin base; terminal mouth, extending slightly beyond vertical of anterior margin of orbit; origin of dorsal fin closer to caudal fin base than tip of snout; rather large eyes; wide interorbital area; moderately large scales; greyish on dorsal side, pale white laterally; scale pocket darker than the background; body sometimes scattered with few grayish brown spots in lateral; all fins translucent and slightly yellowish; body length up to 12 cm, usually seen as 4-8 cm (Ref. 84731 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A medium sized fish that prefers shallow waters of sluggish streams or ponds with inflow water. It usually hides between dense aquatic vegetation to avoid predation. Feeds mainly on small aquatic invertebrates, any sizable floating organic fragments and surface-drifting terrestrial insects. A common food fish. Threatened by degradation of habitat (construction of hydroelectric power caused drastic diel fluctuation of water level (release and refilling of water) thus preventing growth of aquatic vegetation). It can now be found only in several streams near its type locality and is diminishing progressively, unless measures are undertaken to rescue remaining populations and to restore their habitats (Ref. 84731 )

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Liao, T.-Y., S.O. Kullander and H.-D. Lin , 2011. Synonymization of Pararasbora , Yaoshanicus , and Nicholsicypris with Aphyocypris , and description of a new species of Aphyocypris from Taiwan (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zool. Stud. 50(5):657-664. (Ref. 87785 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

    Not Evaluated  

CITES (Ref. 118484 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5010   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00220 - 0.00907), b=3.13 (2.95 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives Resilience (Ref. 120179 ):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .

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