Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Black Carp
Mylopharyngodon piceus
Also known as: snail carp
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Although similar in external appearance to grass carp, it differs by having molariform pharyngeal teeth (located in throat at back of mouth). Native of eastern Asia that was brought to Arkansas waters and escaped. Primarily consumes molluscs and were introduced to control snails that carried nematodes (parasites) which affected cultured catfish.
Note: This fish species can be very harmful for the state's aquatic resources. If you are confident that you captured or observed this fish, contact the nearest NGPC Fisheries personnel or the Commission's Private Waters Specialist at (402) 471-5435 and report where it was found (name of the lake, stream, river, sandpit, etc.), a legal description for the location (section, township, range) and date. Also include your name and phone number for a followup investigation.
Family: Minnow (Large)
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Although black carp have not been officially documented here, they may soon show up in fish sampling surveys in the Missouri River.


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