Bala Shark

The bala sharkBalantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor sharktricolor sharkminnowsilver shark, or shark minnow, is a fish 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.

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The bala sharkBalantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor sharktricolor sharkminnowsilver shark, or shark minnow, is a fish 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.                                                                                                                                            The bala shark occurs in the Malay PeninsulaSumatra, and Borneo. Previous records further north in the Mekong and Chao Phraya River is due to confusion with the recently described and possibly extinct B. ambusticauda (although the presence of any Balantiocheilos in the Mekong is questionable).                                         These fish have a silver body with black margins on their dorsalcaudalanal, and pelvic fins. They have big eyes to find and catch their prey. The bala shark will grow to a maximum length of 35 cm (14 in).                                          Bala sharks are found in midwater depths in large and medium-sized rivers and lakes. They feed on phytoplankton, but mostly on small crustaceansrotifers, and insects and their larvae.

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