Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Valenciennes in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1844) (ITIS)
Eastern Asia (NAS Database)
1973 (NAS Database)
Imported for aquaculture and for phytoplankton control (NAS Database)
Has the potential to cause enormous damage to native species because it feeds on plankton required by larval fish and native mussels. Is a potential competitor with adults of some native fishes, for instance, gizzard shad, that also rely on plankton for food (NAS Database)
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Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Hypophthalmichthys molitrix. [Accessed Jan 22, 2016].
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Fact Sheet - Silver Carp. USGS, Gainesville, FL. [Accessed Jan 22, 2016].