Bitterling, Rosy (Bara-Tanago) fishingwithpole



A pond in the Onga River drainage in Fukuoka, Japan
Date Caught: 
Friday, November 9, 2012
A male subspecies of rosy bitterling (Rhodeus ocellatus kurumeus, nippon bara-tanago) caught at a pond in the Onga River drainage in Fukuoka, Japan, in November 2012 on Marukyu tube dough for oikawa (Yamabe Tube Hae) using a Shin-Korin (new rainbow scale) tanago hook by Sasamebari and a float dedicated to tanago. Nippon bara-tanago is bara-tanago indigenous to Japan, but is currently distributed only in a limited area, mostly northern Kyushu Island in Japan due to invasion and hybridization by its subspecies from China (Rhodeus ocellatus ocellatus, tairiku bara-tanago). The name bara-tanago means rosy bitterling which comes from its brilliant rosy color in breeding males in spring.
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