Tambra Bleeker, Labeo is a genus of carps in the family Cyprinidae. They are found in freshwater habitats in the tropics and subtropics of Africa and Asia. It contains the typical labeos in the subfamily Labeoninae , which may not be a valid group, however, and is often included in the Cyprininae as tribe Labeonini. If the Labeoninae are accepted as distinct, Labeonini is the name of the tribe in this subfamily to which the labeos belong.
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Rahman, Description of the species: Dorsal profile is more convex than of abdomen. Lips thick, fringed. No pores on snout. Eye situated a bit anterior from the half of the head Bhuiyan, Caudal peduncle is short. Lateral line well marked, scales moderate in size. There are 20 rows of scales before dorsal fin and 22 rows round the caudal peduncle Bhuiyan, Mouth is moderately wide and inferor. Gill openings wide snd gill rakers are villiform, short and feeble Bhuiyan, Colour dark-black but the ventral part light dark.
Ventral portion of the opercular region is white iris coppery. This fish attains a length of 90 cm Talwar and Jhingran, Longest specimen in collection from Barnai river is 30 cm. Habit and Habitat: Generally it is a bottom feeder. It feeds on vegetable matter, crustaceans, insect larvae etc. It does inhabit rivers and tributaries. They are also seen in deep pools clear sluggish streams, creeks. It can be reared in ponds and tanks Bhuiyan, and Rahman, Economic importance: 5.
This fish is in great demand in the market. It is a good sport on rod and line. Ecological role: It also feeds on dead and decaying matter at the bottom; it acts as scavenger and improves the sanitation of the tank Bhuiyan, Public awareness builds up and stopped destructive fishing method for conservation of the species.
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Rahman, A. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh Second edition. Talwar, P. Inland Fishes of India and Adjacent Countries. Volume 1. New Delhi, Calcutta. Visited 7, times, 1 visits today Have any fisheries relevant question? You may also read.
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