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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

3. Common Carp
(Cyprinus carpio)

3. Common Carp

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.