Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Identification.

Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Carp have scaleless heads and fully scaled bodies. Dorsal fin long based, free edge concave, a stout spine (with serrated rear edges as first ray) Mouth toothless but with 2 barbels at each side, second one longer.

Carp coloration variable, wild fish usually greenish brown on back, yellowish on belly.

Habitat.

Carp inhabit large lakes and slow flowing rivers in lowland areas. The native carp of eastern and central Europe are slender bodied compared with the fat, artificially reared specimens.

Food.

Vegetation and bottom living insect larvae, snails, crustaceans and worms.

Breeding.

Late spring in shallow, sun warmed areas over dense vegetation. Carp eggs and newly hatched young are attached to the plants.

Statistics.

Carp can be found in most still waters and some rivers. The current UK record is 64lb 14oz (all carp) .

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