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.

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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