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Opsariichthys uncirostris

Basic information
Scientific name Opsariichthys uncirostris

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Common names Three-lips
Higher taxon Cyprinidae, Cypriniformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range Japan (Biwako-Yodogawa River System in Kinki District and Mikatako Lake in Fukui Pref.), Korean Peninsula, Amur River System, southern continental China, Hainan Is.
Habitat Large ponds and lakes including dam. Rivers connected with lakes.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Kanto, Chugoku and Kyushu District, and the Nobi Plain. Range in Japan
Origin Biwako Lake, Japan
Date Unknown. Introduction to Uzbekistan was in 1961.
Route Accidental: Hitchhiking on seed release of ayu (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis).
Impact Potentially: Predation on native fishes.
Native organism(s) affected: Native fishes.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Tashkent, Uzbekistan (from Yangtze River, China)
Reference Notes
  • Froese & Pauly (eds) (2009) FishBase (Accessed on 2010-12-06)
  • Ihara et al. (2011) The spawning habitat of the domestic alien fish Opsariichthys uncirostris uncirostris in a river flowing into a dam. Bull Biogeogr Soc Japan. 66, 41-48 (in Jpn with English abst)
  • Kawanabe et al. (eds) (2002) Freshwater Fishes of Japan, 3rd ed.. Yama-kei Publishers, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Yanai et al. (2008) The introduction process in alien fishes found from Lake Kasumigaura and Kitaura. Bull Ibaraki Pref Freshwater Fishery Exper St. 41, 47-54 (in Jpn)