Common carp

Catalogue Type
Livestock, Poultry and Fish Breeds Catalogue
Scientific Name
Cyprinus carpio
Distinguishing Characters
Body elongated and somewhat compressed.
Flat and deep body
Short and small head,
Protractile mouth with two pairs of maxillary barbells.
Lips thick.
Dorsal fin base long with 17-22 branched rays and a strong, toothed spine in front
Dorsal fin outline concave anteriorly.
Anal fin with 6-7 soft rays; posterior edge of 3rd dorsal and anal fin spines with sharp spinules.
Pharyngeal teeth 5:5, teeth with flattened crowns.
Color variable, wild carp are brownish-green on the back and upper sides, shading to golden yellow ventrally.
The fins are dusky, ventrally with a reddish tinge.
Photo of Livestock/Poultry/Fish Breed