This handsome fish is found everywhere in the British Isles in rivers, lakes and ponds. Its skin is rough, olive-green in colour, shading into yellow and white, with from five to seven dark vertical stripes. There are two dorsal fins, the first spiky and with a black spot, the second soft; sharp spines are also present at the beginning of the lower fins, which are bright red. The Perch feeds on small fish, worms, shellfish and aquatic insects. The largest British specimen angled* weighed 5 lbs. 15½ oz.
*up to 1958.