Carp (Cyprinus Carpio)

ITS–G-57-1-CYPRINUS-CARPIOThe Carp (Cyprinus carpio), or Ikan Mas as they are locally known, are freshwater fish. The species has a sleek body covered with silver scales. It has one dorsal fin and a notched caudal fin.

It is toothless, but the side of its mouth is equipped with small “horns” which can be used to gnaw on algae. Its mouth also has a disk like shape which can be used to suck food.

The Carp feeds on small insects and aquatic vegetation. The Carp is most often found in South Asia. It was first introduced to Europe by Asian monks in the 12th century who cultivated the fish in ponds. In Indonesia, the fish are also cultivated in ponds with a running water system.

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