Species Details

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Rohu Carp Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Labeo rohita
Family : Cyprinidae
Order : Cypriniformes
Class : Actinopterygii
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Rohu
Habitat : Rivers,Streams,Beels,Deep Pools,Ponds,Tanks,Inundated Paddy fields,Floodplains
Description : The Rohu has a distinctive appearance with a moderately elongated body and a slightly flattened, broad head. Its mouth is subterminal, meaning it's oriented downward. The body color can vary from silver to dark gray or greenish on the back, with a lighter shade on the belly. This fish typically has large scales.
It is known for its substantial size. It can grow up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) in length and reach a weight of over 20 kilograms (44 pounds).
This species prefers freshwater environments, including rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. It thrives in slow to moderately flowing waters with abundant vegetation.
It is an omnivorous fish species. Its diet includes aquatic plants, algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and detritus. In aquaculture, it's often fed a diet of grains and pelleted feeds.
It is a popular choice for aquaculture due to its rapid growth rate and suitability for cultivation in ponds. It's an essential fish in South Asian aquaculture, contributing significantly to the region's fish products. It is highly prized in South Asian cuisine and is consumed in various forms, such as curries and fried dishes. It's a staple protein source for many communities in the Indian subcontinent.
It's breeding is typically induced through hormonal treatments to synchronize spawning. The fish are often bred in controlled environments like hatcheries to ensure a consistent supply of fingerlings for aquaculture. It is not currently considered endangered, the sustainability of wild populations can be threatened by overfishing and habitat degradation. Proper fisheries management practices are crucial for its long-term conservation.
description written by: Shahtaj Islam Sakaal, Department of Zoology,Universityof Dhaka; Information sources: www.fishbase.in, Encyclopedia of flora and fauna of Bangladesh(volume 23).photo credit and copyright:Ueberschaer,Bernd([email protected]),www.fishbase.se. more information please contact with us.