The Common carp fish is a freshwater fish species. It is also called ‘European Carp‘ and actually a freshwater fish of europhic waters in lakes and larger rivers in Asia and Europe. It is available throughout the world, but the native wild populations are considered vulnerable by the IUCN. It is often considered as a destructive invasive species, being included in the list of 100 worst invasive species.
The Common carp fish can be of larger sized. The wild Common carp are generally slimmer than the domesticated forms (with body length about 4 times body height, red flesh and a forward-protruding mouth). Common carp is generally a heavy-bodied fish with barbels on either side of the upper jaw. Generally their body color varies from brassy green or yellow, to golden brown or even silvery. Their belly is generally yellowish-white. The dorsal fin of these fish has 17-21 rays. Both dorsal and anal fin have a heavy toothed spine.
The Common carp fish are omnivorous. Generally, they can eat a herbivorous diet of water plants, but prefer to scavenge the bottom for insects, crustaceans (including zooplankton), crawfish and benthic worms.
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