field guide to the freshwater fishes of singapore

Index of fishes
General parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
  Family Cyprinidae
About the family in general

Genus Ctenopharyngodon
photo of whole fish, side view
Grass Carp

photo of whole fish, side view
Young Grass Carp
Grass Carp
Ctenopharyngodon idella
Ikan Kap Rumput,
name in chinese characters

100 cm; oviparous; mainly herbivorous (though it will eat almost anything offered); gregarious; pelagic.

Introduced, common pond-culture species. Rural ponds and reservoirs.
photo of pharyngeal teethThe torpedo-shaped grass carp (native to China) can weigh up to 32 kg and feeds on water weeds which it grinds effectively with its strong molar-like pharyngeal teeth (right) located at the throat region.

It is an important food fish in many countries. It is not yet known to breed naturally here. It has been used to control aquatic vegetation in China, the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, and is reputed to be the most efficient plant eating fish known. In some countries where it is regarded as a potential pest, however, its release is forbidden.
Freshwater habitats
Fishes in Singapore
Amazing Fishy Facts
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Freshwater Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre