Other Common Names:

Carp, golden carp, fancy carp, bubble-eye, European crucian carp, gilded carp


Scientific Name:

Carassius auratus



Average length is 8 to 16 inches



The natural color is olive-brown dorsally to bronze-gold laterally and yellowish-white ventrally. Black, gold, bronze, orange, red, pink, and white or combinations of these colors are often found. Goldfish resemble common carp but lack barbels on upper jaw


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

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History


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