Cyclocheilichthys armatus (Valenciennes, 1842)
Cyclocheilichthys armatus
photo by Warren, T.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Cyprininae
Max. size:  23 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong, Chao Phraya and Xe Bangfai basins; also from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Has a black blotch at the base of the caudal fin (not always distinct); rows of spots along scale rows; usually one pair of barbels; 16 circumpeduncular scale rows (Ref. 27732). Usually 12-14 predorsal scales; lateral line tubes not branched; medium-sized precaudal spot; maxillary and usually rostral barbels (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Occurs at midwater to bottom levels in rivers and streams. Individuals are sometimes found in reservoirs but occur more frequently in flowing water. Inhabits rivers during the dry season and migrates to floodplains to spawn during the rainy season. Reproduction takes place relatively late in the high-water season during September and October. Feeds on zooplankton, small crustaceans, chironomids, and other insect larvae. Fish measuring 15-20 cm are marketed fresh and small ones are used to make prahoc (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 January 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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