Balkhash marinka

4 Balkhash marinka - Schizothorax argentatus is present in all catchment rivers of Lake Balkhash and Lake Issyk-kul, and until recently it was also found in the lakes of both basins. More recently the stocks of this fish have drastically declined. More

Another endemic is the Balkhash marinka (Schizothorax argentatus) in the Central-Asian subfamily Schizothoracinae. Prior to the early 1950s it was one of the major fish in Lake Balkhash, Ily River, and the Lake Alakol system. More

Balkhash marinka and Balkhash perch are in the International Red Book. In the reeds of southern Balkhash Region and in riparian woodlands along the riverbanks there are thousands of species of birds including around 20 species from the Red Book of Kazakhstan. More

Order : Cypriniformes
Family : Cyprinidae
Genus : Schizothorax
Species : Schizothorax argentatus
Authority : Kessler, 1874