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
Image: Duane Raver/USFWS
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