Chub - Squalius cephalus


This species is more robust and larger than Roach often reaching one or two pounds in weight and sometimes much more. It has a cylindrical body with large silvery scales and an orange anal fin that has a convex edge.

Identification difficulty

It frequents both slow and moderately fast rivers and is occasionally encountered in canals and still waters.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It only breeds in flowing waters.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England, and also in parts of Wales and Southern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. It occurs mainly in our larger rivers, including the Soar, Wreake, Welland and eastern and western Sence.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map