Saturday, March 28, 2009
Yellowcheek (Elopichthys bambusa, Cyprinidae)
This is fish # 2 from the 1st message of the blog. It is predatory Carp - the only Carp with teeth. Yellowcheek can be up to 200 cm long! The range of the species covers south-east Asia, China, and in the Russian Far East (Amur River drainage). The sport-tackle world recors of the species is 42,5 kg fish landed in China in 2001. Yellowcheek has mighty cigar-chaped body, wide caudal fin .. and powerful jaws with tiny teeth & a big knob on the lower jaw. This mouth structure helps the fish to capture its prey - sawbellies, gudgeons, and other fresahwater baitfish. Gill plates of the yellowcheek are gold-colored.
Fishing from a sandbar in the lower Amur River. The fisherman is casting to the junction of two channels. Such areas often attract baitfish & predators.In Russia the species is considered endangered (it is Red Book listed). Its numbers are growing, and now yellowcheek is not rare fish near the city of Khabarovsk (Lower Amur).