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Silver Cyprinid
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Rastrineobola
Species: R. argentea
Binomial name
Rastrineobola argentea
(Pellegrin, 1904)

The Silver Cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) is a species of ray-finned fish in the family Cyprinidae, the only member of the genus Rastrineobola. It is found in the Lake Victoria of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its local names are omena (Kenya), dagaa (Tanzania) and mukene (Uganda).

Being a fast-swimming smallish fish of the open waters, it has been better able to withstand the ecological upheaval caused mainly by the introduced predator Lates niloticus (Nile perch) than most other local species. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

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