Linnaeus, 1758; CYPRINIDAE FAMILY; also called carpe commune, carpa, Asian carp, karp, koi,
The carp's original range was limited to temperate Asia and the rivers of the Black Sea and Aegean basins, notably the Danube, in Europe. Today, they are widely distributed in North America below the 50th parallel south to the Florida panhandle. Besides North America, Europe, and Asia, it is also now found in South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
This is one of the largest members of the “minnow” family, Cyprinidae, and a close relative of the goldfish (Carassius auratus), with which it h...