grass carp

Scientific name Ctenopharyngodon idella
Descriptor Valenciennes
Year of description 1844
IUCN category LC
Family Cyprinidae
Genus Ctenopharyngodon
Ctenopharyngodon idella Ctenopharyngodon idella


Ctenopharyngodon idella, commonly known as grass carp, is a fresh water fish from the Asia.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    150 cm
  • Longevity
    21 year
  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    150 cm
  • Longevity
    21 year

How to recognize the grass carp ?

The grass carp measures between 80 and 150 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with herbivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The grass carp is a fish living in shoals naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous with herbivorous tendency .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Migratory species

The grass carp is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 7
  • Flow
    Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

The grass carp is most often found at a depth between 0m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths. This animal evolves in areas characterized by a strong presence of vegetation (aquatic and marsh plants, decaying organic matter, roots...).

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