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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

14. Rudd
(Scardinius erythrophthalmus)

14. Rudd

Widespread in England, Wales and Ireland (where it is called "Roach"), especially in ponds and lakes, or the quieter reaches of rivers. It resembles the Roach, but a yellow, golden or brownish tinge covers the silvery sides; the dorsal fin is well behind the beginning of the ventral fins, and the lower lip projects (unlike the Roach's). The fins and sometimes even the lips are red. It feeds higher up in the water than the Roach, taking flies and also shellfish, worms and plant material. Largest specimen angled* 4½ lbs.
*up to 1958.