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Crushing teeth of Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)

 

The black carp or snail carp, Mylopharyngodon piceus belongs to the family, Cyprinidae. The pharyngeal teeth (throat teeth) are one of the black carp’s distinguishing characteristics as represented in their powerful molar-like crushing teeth that enable them to crush mussel shells. It has been reported that an adult black carp is able to eat 3 to 4 pounds of mussels per day. The main diet is snails and mussels which recommended the use of black as biological control for the snails that act as intermediate host of schistosomiasis, “bilharzia”. 

Black carp (pharyngeal teeth)

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