Re: NANFA-- offtopic: Carassius carpio gibelio

Mark (
Sun, 16 Mar 2003 18:18:34 -0500

At 3:37 PM -0500 3/16/03, Bob Bock wrote:
>I bought two fish at the auction yesterday that I've tentatively identified
>as golden carp,
>They look a lot like this illustration on the web, and my rescured feeder
>goldfish seems to love them. Anyone have any info from a big Atlas or
>something that has info on this species? only lists three valid species of Carassius. Carassius
carpio is not one of them. The picture on the site you gave looks an
awful lot like Cyprinus carpio, the common carp. Perhaps they got
the name wrong. Check fishbase for lots of pictures of Carassius and
Cyprinus. Click through on the image links until you get to the
Google images which are provided for many of the species. These link
to lots of other images on other sites. I am very interested in what
you may have purchased. I don't know of anyone who is breeding wild
type carps in aquaria. They are rare in this country, other than
Cyprinus carpio, Carassius auratus and hybrids of the two. In
Europe, they sell some of the other species as bait fish. Look for
barbels, which are present on Cyprinus carpio. Let me know what you
learn. If you have a picture you want to post, send it my way if you

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