Zoo Animals

Common carp

Cyprinus carpio

The common carp is a large bronze to golden-yellow fish with a yellowish-white belly. It has one long dorsal fin that is composed of 17 to 21 rays or segments. The whisker-like attachments near the mouth of the fish are called barbels. The carp has a total of four barbels that function as taste buds. Young carp look very similar to goldfish. It can reach 48 inches in length.