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Cyprinus carpio

Biological Category 
Species Type 
Aquatic Vertebrate
LHPrism Status 
Tier 3 - Established
Key Characteristics 
Can range from olive green to bronze or silver
Carp can grow up to 120 cm in length and weigh up to 130 pounds
Thick lips
Common carp have two barbels in the corner on each side of their mouth
Dorsal Fin
17 to 23 rays with 3 to 4 spines
Anal Fin
5 to 6 rays with 2 to 3 spines

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Impacts of this species 

The Common carp is known as an ecosystem engineer; it can substantially influence any habitat it is introduced to. It is widely known to reduce water quality and degrade habitats.