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Cypriniformes in Commercial Fishing

Many cypriniforms have great economic value and are captured or raised for human consumption, pet trade, or recreation. The top five fishes used for aquaculture worldwide are cyprinids: Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, Ctenopharyngodon idella, Cyprinus carpio, Hypophthalmichthys nobilis, and Carassius carassius. About 16 million tons of cyprinids, worth $13.5 billion, are harvested annually (FAO 2006).

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. 2006. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture.  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


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This is the primary page opening to two very large research initiatives on Cypriniformes fishes: the All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (ACSI-2), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation DEB-1022720 (Dr. Lawrence M. Page, University of Florida), DEB-1023403 (Dr. Jonathan Armbruster, Auburn University), and DEB-1021840 (Dr. Richard L. Mayden, Saint Louis University )and The Cypriniformes Tree of Life (CToL), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation EF-0431326 (Drs. R. L. Mayden, R. M. Wood, and N. Aspinwall). You can learn more about both of these international-scale studies using the links available on this site.