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Koi

form of Cyprinus rubrofuscus (previously categorized as 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
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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