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Common Carp

Cyprinus carpio

These carp are a domesticated form of the common carp. They can be recognised by their silvery white colour.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 40 - 80cm

habitat

Habitat

The carp is a freshwater fish that prefers large areas of warm, slow flowing rivers or lakes.

diet

Diet

These fish will eat a wide variety of foods including mussels, mosquitoes, algae, shrimp, crayfish, molluscs, water beetles, crustaceans and water plants.

behaviour

Breeding

Carp lay sticky eggs that are attached to water plants. Larvae and young fish live in warm shallow waters and feed mostly on zooplankton.

threat

Conservation

These carp are domestic animals therefore not endangered. However the wild common carp is classed as ‘Vulnerable’ due to the damming of rivers and hybridisation with domestic stock.

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