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Also Known As

Scientific Name: Hypophthalmichthys moltrix

Commonly known as: Silver Carp

Is He on Land or on Water?

It lives in water, but can jump out of water when startled

Physical Description

  • Silver when it's at youth , with a bit of green on it's back. When it gets older the belly turns silver
  • Head & Opercles are scaleless
  • Large mouth w/o teeth in jaw, but it has pharyngeal teeth
  • Eyes are forward on the mid-line of the body & are slightly turned down

Where is Native to?

The Silver carp is native to Eastern Asia (From the Amur River of far eastern Russia south through much of eastern half of China to Pearl River, possibly including northern Vietnam.)

Crimes Committed

  • Feeds on Plankton that other organisms require causing competition
  • Jumps out of water when startled & and could cause harm to people
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Where do they occur?

The map points out where the carp is mostly active, they run Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee (Mid-Western USA

How do Carps Spread?

Silver Carp is imported & stocked for phyto-plankton control, escaped from fish hatcheries into natural waters

How to control these Carps

Shock treatment, Carpicide, building fences, harvesting them