(Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1844)
The grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) is a very big herbivorous and freshwater fish species of the familyfamily Cyprinidae. It is from east Asia native to eastern Asia. It was originally found from northern Vietnam to the Amur River on the Siberia-China border. This Asian carp is the only species of the genus Ctenopharyngodon.
It is used in China for food. It was introduced in Europe and the United States to help weed control underwater. This species of fish has the biggest production in aquaculture in the world. Over five million tonnes per year are sold.
References[change | change source]
- World aquaculture production of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, etc., by principal species in 2013 FAO Yearbook of Fisheries Statistics 2014
Other websites[change | change source]
- Species Profile - Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), National Invasive Species Information Center, United States National Agricultural Library. Lists general information and resources for Grass Carp.
- "Ctenopharyngodon idella". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 11 March 2006.