common carp

Scientific name Cyprinus carpio
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category VU
Family Cyprinidae
Genus Cyprinus
Cyprinus carpio Cyprinus carpio


Cyprinus carpio, commonly known as common carp, is a fresh water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    75 cm
  • Maximum size
    150 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    75 cm
  • Maximum size
    150 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the common carp ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

The common carp measures around 75 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 150 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

The females have a more rounded abdomen than the males, they are generally stockier. This characteristic is exacerbated in the period of reproduction.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The common carp is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is omnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The common carp is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    3 - 35 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6.5 - 8.5
  • gh (hardness)
    10 - 15
  • Flow
    Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

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Bibliographic references

Les Poissons d'eau douce de France - Eric Feunteun - Jean Allardi - Philippe Keith - Biotope Edition - 2011. Collection Inventaires & Biodiversité, publication scientifique du Muséum

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