Discherodontus ashmeadi (Fowler, 1937)
Discherodontus ashmeadi
photo by Hippocampus-Bildarchiv

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Cyprininae
Max. size:  13.6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong (Ref. 27732) and Maeklong basins (Ref. 26580).
Diagnosis:  Last simple dorsal ray feebly serrated posteriorly; a large black apical blotch on the dorsal fin; a bright red caudal fin without black lobe tips when live (Ref. 27732).
Biology:  Seems to be associated with streams and rivers with clear water, moderate to fast current and a gravel to stony bottom (Ref. 27732). Found near the bottom in pools of small to medium-sized rivers. Typically occurs near decaying plant debris where it feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Possibly moves out into flooded forests during high-water periods. Apparently found in localized populations and encountered sporadically (Ref. 12693). Reported as a nocturnal species by villagers in Ban Pakphanang (Laos), where all specimens were obtained at night (Ref. 27732). Rare in markets (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 19 January 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 09.06.97
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 11.12.06
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.08.01

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