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Aristichthys nobilis

Basic information
Scientific name Aristichthys nobilis (No picture)
Common names Striped bighead
Higher taxon Cyprinidae, Cypriniformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range S continental China, Laos, Viet Nam.
Habitat Lake or pond, stream.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Established in Kasumigaura and Kitaura Lakes and Tonegawa and Edogawa river systems. Also introduced to Yodogawa RIver, without establishment. Range in Japan
Origin China
Date 1878. In 1943 and 1945, introduced to Tonegawa River.
Route Accidental introduction (with fishery products).
Impact Unknown impact.
Regulation in Japan Capture of this species is regulated by several local governments.
Introduced range in other countries Israel, Europe, Middle East, Russia, C Asia, SE Asia, USA, Mexico, Argentine, etc.
Reference Notes
  • Biodiversity occurrence data accessed through GBIF Data Portal, 2010-06-11,
  • Froese & Pauly (eds) (2009) FishBase.
  • Invasive Species web service database (Species Status) accessed through GISIN Portal, 2010-06-11,
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien Fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo
  • etc.