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Seven-striped Barb

Common name for a species of freshwater fish, with the scientific designation Probarbus jullieni, and also commonly known by the name Jullien's Golden Carp. It occurs in mainland Southeast Asia, mainly in the mainstream of large rivers, with sand or gravel substrates and abundant mollusc populations, such as the Mekhong and the Chao Phraya river basins, and the Pahang river basin of Malaysia. It can grow up to 1 meter in length and may weigh as much as 40 kilograms. It belongs to the Cyprinidae family and in Thai it is known by the name pla yih sok (ปลายี่สก). Impacted by habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation, as well as overfishing, especially in the Mekhong River, this large-bodied, long lived, migratory species is now extremely rare in the wild and is since 1996 listed as endangered. See also POSTAGE STAMP.