Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
Etymology: Mekongina: From the Mekong river. More on author: Fowler.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Mekong basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 45.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857)
Has the upper lip not separated from the snout by a rostral groove; no mental disc; no barbels; no rostral lobe; 10 branched dorsal rays.
Found in rapidly flowing water in medium and large-sized rivers (Ref. 12693). Inhabits slower deeper reaches during dry-season (Ref. 37769). Prefers rocky stretches with rapids and a fast-flowing current (Ref. 37770). Feeds on aquatic chlorophytes (Ref. 37769 ), periphyton and phytoplankton (Ref. 12693). Migrates in big schools, comprising several hundred fish, usually together with other cyprinids and loaches such Hypsibarbus spp., Scaphognathops spp., Cirrhinus siamensis and Botia modesta (Ref. 37770). Sold fresh, sometimes dried or salted (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Rainboth, W.J., 1996. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. FAO species identification field guide for fishery purposes. FAO, Rome, 265 p. (Ref. 12693)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: highly commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00813 (0.00444 - 0.01488), b=2.99 (2.83 - 3.15), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.0 ±0.00 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (49 of 100) .