Common Carp Cyprinus carpio

Common Carp
Common Carp
The Common Carp is native to lakes and rivers of Europe and Asia but the fish has been introduced worldwide.
Common Carp
Common Carp
Common Carp
It is typically a metallic, scaly fish and has a long dorsal fin that starts tall, quickly descends often in a concave arc then gradually declines towards the tail. The anal fin is a triangle.
Common Carp
Common Carp
Common Carp
Its other distinguishing feature is a pair of barbels by the mouth.
Common Carp
Common Carp
Common Carp
It can grow to over a metre long but typically is much less. It can breed hybrids with other carp species.
Common Carp
Common Carp
Common Carp
Colour varies from silver to goldish, black and brown.
Common Carp juveniles Common Carp juveniles.
Common Carp, Sheepwash Pond Common Carp being moved from Sheepwash Pond to larger water area; photo by Lawrence Bard, Pondlife.
Common Carp, Darlands Lake Common Carp, Darlands Lake; photo by Lawrence Bard, Pondlife.