Aspiorhynchus laticeps Day, 1877

Xinjiang datou, Big-head schizothorcin



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Extinct in the wild



Bosten Lake & Yarkant River, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China (northwest)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Day, F. (1877). On the fishes of Yarkand. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 53: 781-807.


Other references:

Bain, M. B. (2011). The conservation status of large migratory cyprinids including Aspiorhynchus laticeps of Xinjiang China. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27: 80-85.

Bain, Mark B. and Zhang, S. (2001). Threatened fishes of the world: Aspiorhynchus laticeps (Day, 1877) (Cyprinidae) Environ. Biol. Fish 61, p. 380.

Institute of Hydrobiology, Academia Sininca, and Shanghai Natural History Museum. (1993). The freshwater fishes of China in coloured illustrations, volume 3. Ministry of Agriculture, Beijing, China. 166 pp.

Jiang, Ming, Yang, Changgeng and Wen, Hua. (2014). The complete mitochondrial genome of Aspiorhynchus laticeps and its phylogenetic analysis. Meta Gene 2: 218-225.

Bo Ren, M.L. Ren, Yan Guo, Ren-ming Zhang, Yan-wu Ma, Er-xun Tu, Yu Liu, Bu-du A, Ze-zi Ai. (2007). Morphological observation of the development of Aspiorhynchus laticeps embryo and larva. J. Dalian Fish. Univ., 22: 397-402. [Abstract]

Walker, K. F.; Yang, H. Z. (1999). Fish and fisheries of western China. In: Fish and fisheries at higher altitudes Asia. T. Petr (Ed.). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Fish. Tech. Pap. 385, Rome, Italy, pp. 237-278.

Yan, G. (2004). Fisheries development in Xinjiang, China. In: Fisheries in irrigation systems of arid Asia. T. Petr (Ed.). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Fish. Tech. Pap. 430, Rome, Italy, pp. 95-99.

Yang, Z. L.; Xiao, L. M.; Xie, Z. N.; Zheng, X. M.; Ren, M. L.; Ren, B.; Feng, G. R.; Wang, J. D. (1995). A comprehensive survey and conservation strategy on the resources of Xinjiang datou fish – a rare and endangered species. Fishery Bureau of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Urumqi, Xinjiang, Peoples Republic of China. 28 pp.

Yue, P. and Chen, Y., (1998). China red book of endangered animals, Volume 2: Pisces. Science Press, Beijing, China. 244 pp.

Zhang, Ren-ming et al. (2008). Preliminary Observation on Embryonic and Fry Upgrowth of Aspiorhynchus laticeps (Day). Arid Zone Research 2008-02: [pagination?]. [Abstract]

Ren-ruing Zhang, Yan Guo, Yah-wu Ma, Tuersun, Chun-gang Xie, Abudu, Shao-ping Chen. (2008). Study on artificial reproduction of Aspiorhynchus laticeps (Day). J. Hydroecology 1: 146-148.


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