Chinese High-fin Suckerfish Myxocyprinus asiaticus

Chinese High-fin Suckerfish
Chinese High-fin Suckerfish
The Chinese High-fin Suckerfish has several different common names including Chinese High-fin Suckermouth/Loach/Shark. It is native to the middle and upper Yangtze River system in China and migrates upstream to spawn. It grows to some 1.3 metres long and is not a shark nor aggressive but eats riverbed invertebrates and algae.
Chinese High-fin Suckerfish
Chinese High-fin Suckermouth Shark
Chinese High-fin Suckerfish
Breeding males develop a red hue. Juveniles have dark brown and pale vertical stripes. The only species in its genus, it is severely threatened by construction of dams (preventing spawning migration), pollution, introduced invasive carp (eating young and prey), overfishing and collection of young for the aquarium trade.