Cyprinus carpio

Cyprinus carpio
Cyprinus carpio – Kaitlin Kovacs, U.S. Geological Survey
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CyprinidaeCyprinus carpioLinnaeus1758Common Carp

Cyprinus carpio

Unique Characters: A large and serrated spine-like ray at front of dorsal and anal fins. Two barbels on either side of upper jaw. Usually 35-39 lateral line scales. Each scale is dark edged with a black spot at the base.

Cyprinus carpio Barbel
Cyprinus carpio Barbel

Similar Species:

Goldfish Carassius auratus. Lacks barbels. Usually 28-32 lateral line scales. Lacks dark edging on scales.

Carassius auratus
Goldfish – Carassius auratus

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