Grass Carp - Ctenopharyngodon idella


    The Grass carp has an elongated, chubby, torpedo-shaped body. The mouth has non-fleshy, firm lips, and no barbels. It is a large, fast growing species with the British record being a fish weighing over 50 pounds.

    Identification difficulty

    This species occurs in lakes, ponds, pools, and backwaters of large rivers, preferring large, slow-flowing or standing water bodies with vegetation.

    When to see it

    All year round but especially in summer.

    Life History

    They eat up to three times their own body weight daily.

    UK Status

    An introduced species that is already widespread in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, but probably unreported from some small pools.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map