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Fish Identification

Common Carp

Common carp

Common carp have a deep stout body, brassy in coloration, yellow to orange lower fins, large scales, forked tail, and prominent barbels around the mouth. They could be confused with buffalo, suckers, and grass carp, but none of these have barbels.

Scientific Name:  Cyprinus carpio

Adult size: 20-48 inches

Distribution: Native to Europe and Asia; introduced throughout the state, but scarce on the coastal plain

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