Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Cypriniformes > Cyprinidae > Pelecus > Pelecus cultratus

Pelecus cultratus (Sabre carp; Sichel; Ziege; Sabrefish; Razorfish; Knife)

Synonyms: Clupea ziga; Cyprinus cultratus; Salmo microps
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Wikipedia Abstract

Pelecus cultratus, known variously as the sichel, the ziege, the sabre carp or sabrefish, is a species of cyprinid fish from an Eastern Europe and adjacent Asian regions. It is the only species of its genus. This species inhabits lower reaches of rivers and brackish waters of eastern Baltic, Black, Caspian and Aral Sea basins. This fish has no major threats and the IUCN lists it as being of "Least Concern".
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Adult Weight [1]  2.43 lbs (1.10 kg)
Female Maturity [3]  4 years
Male Maturity [1]  3 years
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Maximum Longevity [3]  11 years
Migration [4]  Anadromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Alsó-Tisza-völgy 88306 Hungary  
Amudarya Zapovednik State Nature Reserve Ia 152861 Lebap, Turkmenistan  
Ances purvi un mezi 21676 Latvia  
Astrakhanskiy Biosphere Reserve Zapovednik Ia 167827 Astrakhan, Russia
Balaton 145518 Hungary  
Berezinskiy Zapovednik State Nature Reserve Ia 209113 Belarus  
Darvinsky Zapovednik Ia 278421 Yaroslavl, Vologda, Russia
Dolina Dolnej Wisly 82926 Poland  
Dolina Stropnej 2381 Poland  
Fertõ tó 27972 Hungary  
Khazar Zapovednik State Nature Reserve Ia 658105 Turkmenistan  
Morava 70129 Slovakia  
Neusiedler See-Osterreichischer Teil   Austria      
Okskiy Biosphere Reserve 190748 Russia  
Ostoja Slowinska 79446 Poland    
Ostoja w Ujsciu Wisly 2183 Poland  
Ovisi 12548 Latvia  
Palava Protected Landscape Area V   Czech Republic  
Piejura 10663 Latvia  
Ruegen   Germany      
Salacas ieleja 15585 Latvia  
Srebarna 3579 Bulgaria  
Trzebiatowsko-Kolobrzeski Pas Nadmorski 43166 Poland    
Ujscie Odry i Zalew Szczecinski 130007 Poland  
Ujscie Wisly 4320 Poland  
Wolin i Uznam 76089 Poland    
Zalew Wislany i Mierzeja Wislana 100974 Poland  

Prey / Diet

Boiga dendrophila (Gold-ringed Cat Snake, Mangrove Snake)[5]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[5]
Diaphanosoma mongolianum[6]
Osmerus eperlanus (European smelt)[5]
Sander lucioperca (Pike-perch)[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alburnus alburnus (Bleak)1


Sander lucioperca (Pike-perch)[5]


Parasitized by 
Acanthocephalus anguillae[7]
Acanthocephalus clavula[7]
Acanthocephalus lucii[7]
Allocreadium isoporum <Unverified Name>[7]
Allocreadium transversale <Unverified Name>[7]
Anguillicola crassus <Unverified Name>[7]
Anisakis schupakovi <Unverified Name>[7]
Ascaris cuneiformis <Unverified Name>[7]
Aspidogaster limacoides[7]
Asymphylodora imitans <Unverified Name>[7]
Bothriocephalus acheilognathi[7]
Bothriocephalus gowkongensis[7]
Bucephalus polymorphus[7]
Camallanus lacustris[7]
Camallanus truncatus[7]
Capillaria brevispicula <Unverified Name>[7]
Capillaria lewaschoffi <Unverified Name>[7]
Capillaria tomentosa <Unverified Name>[7]
Caryophyllaeus laticeps <Unverified Name>[7]
Contracaecum ovale <Unverified Name>[7]
Contracaecum squalii <Unverified Name>[7]
Corynosoma semerme[7]
Corynosoma strumosum[7]
Cotylurus platycephalus <Unverified Name>[7]
Dactylogyrus similis[7]
Dactylogyrus simplicimalleata <Unverified Name>[7]
Desmidocercella numidica <Unverified Name>[7]
Dilepis unilateralis <Unverified Name>[7]
Dioctophyme renale[7]
Diplostomum indistinctum <Unverified Name>[7]
Diplostomum paraspathaceum[7]
Diplostomum rutili[7]
Diplostomum spathaceum[7]
Diplozoon paradoxum[7]
Goezia ascaroides[7]
Ligula intestinalis[7]
Metagonimus yokogawai[7]
Metorchis albidus[7]
Nicolla skrjabini <Unverified Name>[7]
Opisthorchis felineus <Unverified Name>[7]
Orientocreadium skrjabini <Unverified Name>[7]
Paracoenogonimus ovatus <Unverified Name>[7]
Paradiplozoon vojteki <Unverified Name>[7]
Philometra ovata <Unverified Name>[7]
Phyllodistomum elongatum <Unverified Name>[7]
Pomphorhynchus laevis[7]
Posthodiplostomum cuticola[7]
Proteocephalus torulosus[7]
Raphidascaris acus <Unverified Name>[7]
Rhabdochona denudata[7]
Sanguinicola volgensis <Unverified Name>[7]
Sphaerostomum bramae <Unverified Name>[7]
Tetracotyle percae-fluviatilis <Unverified Name>[7]


Afghanistan; Amudar'ya; Aral Sea; Armenia; Asia - Inland waters; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northeast; Austria; Azerbaijan; Baltic Sea; Belarus; Black Sea; Bulgaria; Caspian Sea; Czech Republic; Danube; Don; Estonia; Eurasia: lower reaches of rivers and brackish waters of eastern Baltic, Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Aral Sea. In Appendix III of the Bern Convention (protected fauna).; Europe - Inland waters; Finland; Georgia; Germany, Fed. Rep.; Hungary; Iran (Islamic Rep. of); Kazakhstan; Kuban River; Kura; Latvia; Lithuania; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Moldova, Republic of; Palearctic; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation; Sea of Azov; Serbia and Montenegro; Slovakia; Sweden; Ukraine; Ural; Uzbekistan; Volga;



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