Found in a few Eastern and Southern English rivers, where it favours swift gravelled streams near weirs, or deep fast currents between the pylons of bridges. There shoals of Barbel swim powerfully against the flow, hugging the bottom with their flattened bellies, and feeding on worms, insect larvae, small fish and vegetable matter. The Barbel is olive-green on the back, silvery underneath. It has a crescent-shaped mouth with four barbels, and smallish scales. Heaviest specimen angled*: 14 lbs. 6 oz
*up to 1958.