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Small & Large scale Yellow Fish

Classification / Names
Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 58.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2801); max. published weight: 6,800 g (Ref. 2801)

Environment
Freshwater; benthopelagic

Climate / Range
Subtropical; 23°S - 27°S

Distribution
Africa: the Limpopo, Incomati and Pongolo.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Biology
    
A cool water species not found below 600 m altitude. Occurs in deep pools and flowing waters of permanent rivers and in dams. Feeds mainly on algae (winter months), but also takes mussels, snails, crabs and small fish. Breeds during spring and summer, males maturing at a smaller size (17 cm FL) than females (30 cm FL). Females grow larger than males (Ref. 7248). A food fish for humans (Ref. 4537).