The Jullien’s golden carp, Seven-Stripped Carp (Probarbus Jullieni) is a species of endangered freshwater ray-finned fish in the family Cyprinidae found in Southeast Asian river basins. Its existence is being threatened by various economic activities, such as large-scale agriculture and dams building for hydropower. Jullien’s golden carp was named after French paleontologist, ichthyologist, and herpetologist Henri Émile Sauvage. Other commonly used names for this fish are Isok Barb, Esok, Giant River Carp, and seven-striped carp.
It is one of the most beautiful freshwater fishes. Its body is bright gold, with seven black stripes horizontally along the body. Its eyes are bright red. The unique character is that it has four teeth in one row in its pharynx. There is one pair of short barbel on the upper lip.
Nature Habitat :
Its range is quite limited in the Indo-China region, Thailand, and down to Melayu. It dwells in big rivers such as the Chao Phraya River, Mae Klong River, and Kong River.
It mostly eats aquatic plants and small aquatic animals such as young fish, young shrimp, and freshwater shells.
It likes to dwell in the cold running stream at the depth level of 5 – 10 meters. The breeding season starts around October when the mature fish swims upstream to the spawning area, which has a deep-water channel along with the rock islet in the stream and a water ground filled with a mix of stone sand.
Size and weight :
Based on the record, the biggest one has a length of 1.35 meters and weighting at 40 kilograms.