Fish Identification Guide

Common Carp
Cyprinus carpio
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A heavy-bodied fish with long dorsal fin, two barbels (each corner of mouth) and a stout, saw-toothed spine at front of both dorsal and anal fins. Native of Asia that was brought to Europe and then to the United States and stocked widely by various state fish commissions. They are omnivorous, consuming a variety of animal and plant material; primarily feed on the bottom but will also suck in objects floating on the surface. Their aggressive feeding activities (uprooting plants and roiling bottom sediments) can make the water very muddy. There is a genetic variation called the mirror carp that differs only by having over-enlarged scales or uneven scale pattern, or no scales.
Family: Minnow (Large)
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Statewide


Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us