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Anabarilius polylepis

Anabarilius polylepis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Cultrinae
Genus: Anabarilius
A. polylepis
Binomial name
Anabarilius polylepis
(Regan, 1904)

Barilius polylepis Regan, 1904

Anabarilius polylepis is a species of ray-finned fish in the Cyprinidae family, that is endemic to Yunnan, China.[1][2] It only occurs in Dian Lake and Songhuaba reservoir in Kunming. It was once a major commercial fish species,[1] but it has not been confirmed in the lake since the 1970s.[3] Its decline is attributed to many factors: introduced fish species, decreasing water quality, the loss of macrophytes (partly caused by the introduced grass carp), over-fishing, and the loss of breeding sites due to siltation and blocked access.[1]

Anabarilius polylepis grows to 22.7 cm (8.9 in) standard length.[2] It lives in the uppermost ten metres of the water column and feeds mainly on aquatic insects, plankton, and plant fragments.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Chen, X.-Y. & Du, L.-N. (2008). "Anabarilius polylepis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008: e.T1190A3313525. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T1190A3313525.en.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2015). "Anabarilius polylepis" in FishBase. October 2015 version.
  3. ^ Wang, Wang, Li, Du, Yang, Lassoie, and Hassan (2013). Six decades of changes in vascular hydrophyte and fish species in three plateau lakes in Yunnan, China. Biodivers Conserv 22: 3197–3221. doi: 10.1007/s10531-013-0579-0