Hemiculter


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Hemiculter

 

a genus of freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae family. There are four or five species. The lateral line is distinctively curved. There is a fin running along the abdomen from the throat to the anal fin. The fish inhabits the waters of East Asia (south of the basin of the Amur River). In the USSR there two species; they are found in the Amur basin but are especially numerous in Khanka Lake. In China they are found south to Hong Kong, and also on the island of Taiwan. The best known species is H. leucisculus’, its body length is 8-10 cm (sometimes as long as 18 cm). Spawning takes place in June to July. The roe of H. leucisculus grows in deep water. The fish feed on plankton crustaceans. They have almost no commercial significance.

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Our results for the Chinese white fish Hemiculter leucisculus demonstrated that the sex ratio at population level did not depart from parity, but the average body mass and the relative brain size were significantly different between the sexes.
As little as 41 years ago, a few researchers (Zhu 1977) had taken measures to restrain the quantity of Hemiculter leucisculus and Toxabramis in Dashahe and Tongsha reservoirs of China (where the quantity reached 67 kg/h and 62 kg/h respectively) by floating lift net.
The main species composition in the investigated reservoir were Toxabramis houdermeri, Tilapia niloticus, Cyprinus carpio, Hypophthalmichthys nobilis and Hemiculter leucisculus.