Other Common Names:

German carp, European carp, Israeli carp, mirror carp, half-scaled carp, leather carp, German bass, buglemouth


Scientific Name:

Cyprinus carpio



Feeds on insects and some plant material



Prefers sluggish streams and lakes with rich organic bottom



Average length is 16 to 18 inches



Gray to olive on sides and yellow or white on belly; robust body that is compressed laterally with a long dorsal fin; conspicuous barbel on either side of mouth


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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