The common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is characterized by a smooth head and a fully scaled body. The color of a carp may vary. Carp species found in wild habitats are usually greenish brown on the back with a yellowish color on the belly. Below are more interesting facts about carp


Common Carp Facts


Carp Description


The dorsal fin of carp has a long base and has a stout spine with serrated edges as the first ray, with the rest of the fin sloping down the back with a concave free edge. The mouth is toothless but 2 barbells are located on each side with the second one longer than the first.


Habitat of Carps


Carps thrive in freshwater, usually large lakes and slow flowing rivers found in the lowland areas. In comparison to the stout and stocky, artificially-reared species of carp, the native carps of East and Central Europe have slender bodies.




This freshwater fish is an omnivore, feeding on vegetation and bottom-dwellers in its habitat such as insect larvae, mollusks, and worms.


Carp Breeding


Breeding time for carps occur during late spring in the shallow parts of a sunny area with warm temperatures. They prefer to breed over dense vegetation. Carps lay their eggs and attach them to the plants where the hatchlings will start to grow.


Carp Trivia for Kids


Carps can be spotted in still waters and gently flowing rivers. As of today in the United Kingdom, the heaviest recorded carp captured is 64 lbs 14oz.


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