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.

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

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