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Crucian carp

Crucian carp

Tench

Tench

Ruffe

Ruffe

Common nase

Common nase

Rudd

Rudd

Roach

Roach

Ide

Ide

Swan mussel

Swan mussel

Crucian carp

Crucian carp

Facts

LatinCarassius carassius
Size30 cm
FoodBottom-dwelling animals, insects and plants
HabitatLakes and large rivers
IUCN

Least concern

Not endangered in nature

LocationNorthern and Central Europe
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Get to know the crucian carp

The crucian carp is tall, short and thick. This makes it look like a bottle cork when it swims around. The crucian carp changes colour with its surroundings, but it usually has a black-green back, green flanks and a yellow belly.

Defence against predators

Crucian carp live in both ponds and lakes. The lake carp has a higher back than the pond carp. It was previously thought that a high back was related to more food. But in fact, the carp changes shape if there are many predators in the area. A high back makes it more difficult for a predator to close its mouth over the carp.

Catch a crucian carp

You can find crucian carp in most Danish lakes and ponds. But if you want to catch one, you'll have to be patient. The crucian carp doesn't surrender easily. It bites very carefully and this makes it difficult to get hold of. But give it a try during spring and summer. This is when it is easiest to catch crucian carp because they are hungry during this time.


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