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carp

carp, hardy freshwater fish, Cyprinus carpio, the largest member of the minnow family; it is also known as the common carp. A native of Black, Caspian, and Aral sea basins of Eurasia, the carp has been introduced widely elsewhere in the world and has become so well established that it is called the English sparrow of the fishes. Many variations in color and form have developed. Carp have four barbels (“whiskers”) around the mouth and are usually dark greenish or brown (occasionally yellowish or silvery), with red on some of the fins. Most carp are scaled, although the mirror carp variant has only a few scattered scales and the leather carp has none. Carp may reach a length of 3 ft (91 cm) and a weight of 25 lbs (11.3 kg). They are bottom feeders, eating chiefly aquatic plants but also insects and small animals; their habit of rooting in the mud often makes the water unfit for the feeding and spawning of other fish, and they compete with waterfowl for food. However, they are valued commercially as food fish, especially in Europe, where they are sometimes bred and raised for this purpose. In the United States, the introduced carp has thrived in parts of the Midwest, and is regarded as an invasive species; it can be destructive to the aquatic ecosystem and displace native species. Ornamental varieties are bred in Japan. See also Asian carp. The common carp are classified in the phylum Chordata, class Actinopterygii, order Cypriniformes, family Cyprinidae.
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barbel

[′bär·bəl]
(vertebrate zoology)
A slender, tactile process near the mouth in certain fishes, such as catfishes.
Any European fresh-water fish in the genus Barbus.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

barbel

1. any of several slender tactile spines or bristles that hang from the jaws of certain fishes, such as the catfish and carp
2. any of several European cyprinid fishes of the genus Barbus, esp B. barbus, that resemble the carp but have a longer body and pointed snout
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The biggest authenticated barbel ever to be caught from the River Thames has been banked at a weight of 15lb 2oz.
Barbel was a size 12 when she met and married her husband Michael aged 18, and being happy and content, she didn't think about the calories she consumed.
i, 16), and by the presence of a white spot at the base of last pectoral-fin ray and another white spot at the inner posterior margin of the skin flap connecting maxillary barbel (vs.
Having previously won matches with barbel, Steve knew how to coax it to his net.
"People were asking all about her hair." Barbel and Williams have since parted ways (Williams declined an interview request).
WORTH THE WEIGHT: Julian Davies used maggot feeder tactics to bag this doublefigure Warwickshire Avon barbel. Picture: www.tcfmagazine.com
Perifacial rim terminating in acute-angled spine; rostral exsertions wider than interspace, often convergent; nasal spines weak or absent; chin and lip barbels prominent; filamentous barbel short, rarely reaching to eye (Fig.
In the sweepstake, Chris Smith (Birkenhead Centre) weighed in with 70lb 4oz of carp and barbel, using maggot and pellet on a method feeder.
Jeff fished sweetcorn on the bottom and put together around 30lb of carp and barbel. Marc Ward also enjoyed an afternoon on peg 7 on the Match Lake.
Realising the size of the barbel, Barry nervously asked his companion to carry out the weight and tell him that result.
Former international Jan Porter remains a big fan of the Trent and reckons there is every chance of decent sport around Gunthorpe and Stoke Bardolph with bream, chub and barbel being the main targets.
The new Birmingham AA champion is Cradley Heath Labour member Pete Hill who, at Trimpley along the River Severn won the Annual Rivers championship title at peg 125 at the bottom end with a catch of barbel weighing 44lb 4oz.