Cyprinus carpio

species of fish

The common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a species of freshwater ray-finned fish. It is also known as the Eurasian carp or just carp. It is found in lakes and rivers in Europe and Asia.

Eurasian Carp

Since it is a destructive invasive species, it is part of the list of the world's 100 worst invasive species. The type subspecies is Cyprinus carpio carpio, found in the Danube and Volga River.





The Eurasian carp has a robust body with a dark gold sheen. It has big, shiny scales on its body. It has large pectoral fins and a tapering dorsal fin. The longest-lived common carp was 64 years old and the biggest recorded carp weighed 45.59 kg. When they're given sufficient space and nutrients, these fishes can grow to a very large size.

Its food


Since they are omnivorous, they will devour aquatic plants and seeds, insects, crustaceans, mollusks, benthic worms, fish eggs, and leftovers.