Description: Although similar in external appearance to grass carp, it differs by having molariform pharyngeal teeth (located in throat at back of mouth). Native of eastern Asia that was brought to Arkansas waters and escaped. Primarily consumes molluscs and were introduced to control snails that carried nematodes (parasites) which affected cultured catfish.|
Note: This fish species can be very harmful for the state's aquatic resources.
If you are confident that you captured or observed this fish, contact the
nearest NGPC Fisheries personnel or the Commission's Private
Waters Specialist at (402) 471-5435 and report where it was found (name of
the lake, stream, river, sandpit, etc.), a legal description for the
location (section, township, range) and date. Also include your name and
phone number for a followup investigation.
Family: Minnow (Large)
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Although black carp have not been officially documented here, they may soon show up in fish sampling surveys in the Missouri River.