Pond loach

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

Taxonomy
    • Osteichthyes
      • Cypriniformes
        • Cobitidae
          • Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Habitat
Temperature:
S0.5-27.0 °C
Salinity:
Sfresh water
Photoperiod:
S8-16 h
Substrate:
Sno
Trophic level:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Growth
Length:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Weight:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Maturity:
S1.0-2.0 years
Malformations:
no data found yet
Morphology:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Swimming
Home range:
no data found yet
Depth:
S0.0-1.2 m
Speed:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Migration:
Spotamodromous
Type:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Reproduction
Nest building:
no data found yet
Courtship:
Syes
Mating type:
no data found yet
Fecundity:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Brood care:
no data found yet
Social behaviour
Aggregation:
no data found yet
Organisation:
Not investigated by FEB yet.
Aggression:
no data found yet
Handling
Farming frequency:
359,384 t/year 2018
Farming stress:
no data found yet
Slaughter protocol:
no data found yet

Farming remarks

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Li0  ❘  Po2  ❘  Ce0

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus is a freshwater fish species native to Asia that is popularly cultured in many East Asian countries. The increasing demand for this coolwater species has caused a major decline in the natural populations. M. anguillicaudatus, which is also used as live bait and a popular ornamental fish, was already introduced in European and North American countries, besides other countries like Australia. It is a fish species with a high invasive potential, and adverse ecological impact after introduction was already registered. M. anguillicaudatus is a demersal fish with natural polyploid individuals that is found in streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, ditches, swamps, and ricefields, usually preferring muddy bottoms, where it can hide in the muck and leaf litter. This fish is considered a fast-growing species with a flexible omnivorous diet and a great tolerance to hypoxia (it can use atmosphere oxygen for respiration), thermal variation, and high stocking density. It has a great commercial demand, with a high-grade nutritious meat that is tender and flavourful, and also a medical value, especially for Chinese medicine. Despite its commercial importance, relevant information about home range, aggression, and aggregation in natural conditions is still missing for this species. Moreover, further research about many information under farming conditions like substrate use, stress response, malformations, aggression, and the stunning and slaughtering process is needed.





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