Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Cypriniformes > Cyprinidae > Balantiocheilos > Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Balantiocheilos melanopterus (Tricolor sharkminnow; Tricolor shark; Silver Shark; Bala sharkminnow; Bala shark)

Synonyms: Balantiocheilus melanopterus; Barbus melanopterus; Puntius melanopterus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a fish species of the family Cyprinidae, and is one of the two species in the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly so called because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. It is endangered because the population decreased by 50% in the last 10 years.
View Wikipedia Record: Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Danau Sentarum National Park 347674 Kalimantan, Indonesia  
Tasek Bera Forest Reserve   Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia  

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Asia - Inland waters; Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. Becoming rare or extinct in many river basins.; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Chao Phraya River; Indonesia; Lao People's Dem. Rep.; Malaysia; Mekong; Oriental; Thailand; Tonle Sap; Viet Nam;

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