Also known as Chalcalburnus Belvica. This is a semi-anadromous type of fish. It is found in the basins of the Black, Caspian and Aral Seas. In rivers, it prefers locations with fast currents. It feeds on insects, mollusks, pelagic caviar, larvae and young fish. Shemaya has a tall and thin body and a small head. The back is olive-brown, the sides and belly are silvery. The length of an adult Shemaya reaches 32 cm, and can weigh up to 390 grams.