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Carp,  Cyprinus carpio

 
Physical Description: 
	Stout, high-backed, deep body 
	Long-based dorsal fin
	2 pairs of barbels on either side of terminal mouth
	Dorsal fin edge high at front and straight in back
	Forked tail fin, often with reddish color
	Tubercles present on head and pectoral fins
	Top of body brassy-colored

Similar species: 
	Goldfish (Carassius auratus)

Mean body size:
	Adults are 350-700 mm total length 

Habitat:
	Usually found on the bottom, sometimes in schools in almost any type of habitat 
	Tolerant to pollution

Distribution in VA:
	Introduced to all major drainages in Virginia 

Food Habits:  
	Insects and other invertebrates, fish, and plants

Reproductive Habits: 
	Mature at ages 2-4 
	Spawning occurs late May to early June in water at 21.5-24C
	Occurs in shallow backwaters and along the shoreline
	Eggs deposited on the bottom and stick to objects in the water
	Fecundity is about 2 million eggs per female 

Population Status, Economic, or Ecological Importance: 
	Can be eaten, but it has a lot of bones unless prepared correctly
	Imported from Asia
	Fun for angling
	Can prove a nuisance at high population density, as feeding activity stirs up the mud

References:       

Jenkins, R.E and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
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