Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Cypriniformes  
 Family Cyprinidae  
 Genus Metzia  
  Metzia formosae  (Oshima, 1920) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Ischikauia hainanensisMetzia fanlingensisRasborinus formosaeRasborinus yaii  details
Citation: 臺灣淡水及河口魚類誌(陳&方, 1999);臺灣淡水魚類-壹 鯉形目(陳&張, 2005);臺灣淡水魚類紅皮書(陳等, 2011)
Character: Head small. Snout short. Eye large, interorbital space broad. Mouth superior, oblique; barbels absent. Body elongated, compressed; dorsal profile slightly arched; caudal peduncle slender; belly in front of pelvic fin origin rounded; keel on belly between pelvic fin origin and anus. Scales moderately large, cycloid, lateral line complete. L.l.:45-47; dorsal fin rays:2+8; pectoral fin rays:1+13; pelvic fin rays:1+7; anal fin rays:2+14. Dorsal fin origin at midline between snout tip and caudal peduncle end; pectoral fin end distant from pelvic fin origin; pectoral and pelvic fins at lower side of body; caudal fin forked. Grayish dorsally, silvery white ventrally. A conspicuously dark stripe on side of body from posterior margin of eye to caudal peduncle end. 
Habitat: Primary freshwater fish, prefers still water at lower and middle reaches, common in ponds, lakes and backwater of rivers; rare. Polyphagia, feeds on water vegetation, diatom and aquatic insects. 
Distribution: Endemic to Taiwan, can be found in some drainage of northern Taiwan. 
Utility: Small in size, poorly noticed. 
Name Code: 381023
  IUCN Red List:LC       Taiwan Wildlife Conservation Act- Vulerable       Chen,2012:VU Chen,2012:VU   
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