Name : Mrigal Carp
Other Names: Cirrhinus cirrhosus, Pla,Mrigal and Morakhi
Size: 60 cm
Typical Location: Rivers, lakes mostly deeper water bodies
Fishing Method: Floating bait, Bottom fishing with dough, bread or weed
Mrigal carp is a freshwater fish species in the carp’s family. It can be caught all year around the world. The Mrigal or Small Scale Mud Carp is a native to the Indian subcontinent and has been widely exported to neighboring countries in Asia. The body has perfectly symmetrical small silver/grey scales and its torpedo shaped; elongated body is designed for fast flowing water. This fish has a sleek body covered in small scales and has small reddish colored fins. The Mrigal’s mouth has a protruding upper lip making it easily recognizable. In appearance it looks similar to chub or grass carp.
Mrigal has become an important component in the fish culture systems of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand and Nepal. It appears to tolerate a minimum temperature of 14 ºC. Among the major carps, mrigal normally grows more slowly than catla and rohu.