Koi Carp

The Koi Carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus) is a freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family of carp. Koi Carp are coloured varieties of the Amur Carp. It is a cyprinid fish.

The Koi Carp can be many colours, such as white, black, red, orange, yellow, blue, and cream. It is an oval-shaped fish with medium-to-large fins and tail. It has black eyes. It has short barbels on the corners of its mouth, like whiskers. 

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What is the difference between a barbel and a whisker on a fish?

What is the difference between a barbel and a whisker on a fish?

Catfish and carp have barbels. 

Some people call the barbels whiskers, but they are not whiskers.

A barbel is a structure at each edge of the mouth of a carp and catfish. It can be long or short.

A carp has two barbels – one on each side of its mouth.

A catfish has several pairs of barbels – on each side of its face. 

Each barbel has taste buds on it, as well as smell sensors.  

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Common Carp

The Common Carp or European Carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a widespread freshwater fish in lakes and rivers, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced to many other countries and is regarded as an invasive species.

The Common Carp has bronze or yellowish scales with serrated dorsal and anal fin spines.

Common Carp can grow to very large sizes with adequate space and nutrients. However, the average size of the Common Carp is around 40–80 centimetres (16-32 inches) long.

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