It grows large in lakes and in the quiet reaches of rivers, but may remain tiny in small ponds. The body is thick and deep, olive-bronze in colour, with large scales; the mouth bears four barbels, two small, two large; the dorsal fin is long and concave, highest at the beginning. The Carp feeds mostly on vegetable matter, but worms, insect larvae and shellfish are also eaten. It has a reputation for caution and cunning. The largest British rod-caught Carp weighed 44 lbs.*
*up to 1958.