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Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
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Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

General: Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) are non-native fish introduced into the Colorado and many other rivers and large ponds for god only knows what reason. They are considered trash fish by most fishermen, they dig up the bottom of ponds and damage the habitat for other species, and they eat the eggs and larvae of native species.

Taxonomy: Family: Cyprinidae

Carp Common carp are native to Eurasia (Asia and Europe) and eat pond scum and algae. They can most easily be seen begging for bread and popcorn at Lake Mead under the marina at Boulder Beach.
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Common Carp have barbels (whiskers); Goldfish lack these structures.
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Carp and Redhead duck
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Carp along edge of marina
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Feeding Common Carp is a popular family activity at the Boulder Beach Marina in Lake Mead NRA.
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
A swirling mass of Common Carp, each trying to get the last piece of popcorn.
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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