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Freshwater Fish

Species #: 4 B. Melanopterus

Common Name: Bala shark Scientific Name: Balantiocheilus melanotrus Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Cypriniformes

Family: Cyprinidae Geography / Habitat: Bala sharks are found in midwater depths in large and medium-sized rivers and lakes

Life Strategy: Very aggressive and usually school with many other Bala sharks Food / Feed Strategy: They feed on phytoplankton, but mostly on small crustaceans, rotifers, and insects and their larvae.[2]

Body Form or Style: sagittiform

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Swim / Locomotion Style: Thunniform Mouth Position: Terminal



^ a b Kottelat, M. (1996). Balantiocheilos melanopterus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 23 May 2007.


^ a b c d e f g Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). "Balantiocheilos melanopterus" in FishBase. Apr 2007 version.


^ a b c d Axelrod, Herbert R.; Emmens, C.; Burgess, W.;Pronek, N. (1996). Exotic Tropical Fishes. T.F.H. Publications. ISBN 0-87666-543-1.

Species 4  

This is the fourth species in my project and it is a freshwater fish.