Rudd - Scardinius erythropthalmus

    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map