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Koi

form of Cyprinus carpio

Koi (Japanese: , Romaji: koi) or more specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉, literally "brocaded carp"), are ornamental varieties of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.

Nishikigoi
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Domesticated
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Cyprinus
Species: C. carpio
Subspecies: C. c. haematopterus
Trinomial name
Cyprinus carpio haematopterus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream.

It is illegal to keep koi in Queensland, Australia because they are an invasive species.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Carp, Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, retrieved 1 May 2015