Ide - Leuciscus idus


    The body has a typical cyprinid shape and generally silvery appearance, while the fins are a pinkish red in varying degrees. The tail and back fin can be greyish. In older and bigger fish the body colour can turn to yellow/bronze. The Ide reaches a maximum length of about 60-80 cm though the average size is about 40 cm. It can reach a weight of about 9 lb.

    Identification difficulty

    Freshwater lakes and ponds ? it can also thrive in rivers.

    When to see it

    All year round but especially in summer.

    Life History

    Ide are predators, eating insects, crustaceans, molluscs, and small fish.

    UK Status

    This is an introduced species that is becoming established in the wild in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Still infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, but may be unreported from small ponds and lakes.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map