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Rhodeus ocellatus (Rosy bitterling)

Synonyms: Pseudoperilampus ocellatus; Rhodeus hwanghoensis; Rhodeus kurumeus; Rhodeus maculatus; Rhodeus ocellatus kurumeus; Rhodeus ocellatus ocellatus; Rhodeus pingi; Rhodeus wangkinfui

Wikipedia Abstract

The rosy bitterling (Rhodeus ocellatus) is a small freshwater fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae (carp). Females are about 40-50 mm long and males are 50-80 mm. Their bodies are flat with an argent-colored luster. However, males change to a reddish (sometimes purple) color during the spawning season (March to September) which functions to attract females. This reddish color is similar to the color of a red rose, which is why it is called a rosy bitterling.
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Honshu - Shikoku - Kyushu Japan Palearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Shiga Highland Biosphere Reserve 32124 Honshu, Japan  


Parasitized by 
Centrocestus armatus <Unverified Name>[1]
Centrocestus taiwanense <Unverified Name>[1]
Clinostomum complanatum <Unverified Name>[1]
Clonorchis sinensis (human liver fluke)[1]
Dactylogyrus chongqingensis <Unverified Name>[1]
Dactylogyrus oblongus <Unverified Name>[1]
Dactylogyrus rhodeusi <Unverified Name>[1]
Echinochasmus fujianensis <Unverified Name>[1]
Echinochasmus japonicus <Unverified Name>[1]
Exorchis oviformis[1]
Haplorchis pumilio <Unverified Name>[1]
Liolope copulans[1]
Metagonimus yokogawai[1]
Stamnosoma armatum <Unverified Name>[1]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zool. Gdns.kurumeus


Asia - Inland waters; Asia: endemic to Japan.; China; Japan; Lake Biwa;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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