Rudd - Scardinius erythrophthalmus

Alternative names
Scardinius erythrophthalmus

Similar to roach, but more bronze in colour, redder fins, dorsal fin more posterior, lower jaw protrudes.

Identification difficulty

Rudd thrive in well vegetated slow flowing and still waters.

When to see it

All year but most often encountered in the warmer months.

Life History

Feed on small insects, crustaceans and plant material.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in lowland England.

VC55 Status

Fairly uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. There are scattered records from lakes such as Scraptoft Lake and canals such as the  Grand Union Canal, the isolated section of the Ashby Canal at Moira, and also few records in the River Soar and other large rivers.

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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