False Gudgeon, Chinese (Tsuchifuki) fishingwithpole



A river in eastern Saga, Japan
Date Caught: 
Monday, April 14, 2014
My first ever Chinese false gudgeon caught in a river in eastern Saga, Japan, on a live bloodworm in April 2014. In Japan, Chinese false gudgeon, or tsuchifuki, was originally distributed in the western part but has been accidentally transplanted to eastern part by co-introduction with Ayu from Lake Biwa. Tsuchifuki grows to 10 cm, resides on a sandy and muddy bottom in a clear, shallow, and slow-flowing water, but does not hide in the bottom unlike its relative, pike gudgeon (kamatsuka).
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