Silver Carp

Species Name

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Fast Fact

Silver carp can leap out of the water up to 10 feet (3 meters) when startled by noise

origin

Native to China and eastern Siberia, silver carp is a freshwater cyprinid species extensively cultivated for aquaculture alongside other Asian carp, and despite its threatened status in its natural habitat, it has been introduced to over 88 countries

diet

Feeds primarily on phytoplankton, zooplankton, and detritus, posing competition to native planktivorous fish species upon introduction; however, its use in controlling water quality, notably against blue-green algae, can inadvertently exacerbate algal blooms and render the carp hazardous for consumption due to toxin accumulation.

lifespan

Lifespan typically ranges from 15 to 20 years in the wild. However, under optimal conditions in captivity, they may live slightly longer, reaching up to 20 to 25 years.

size

The silver carp reaches a typical length of 60–100 cm (24–39 in) with a maximum length of 140 cm (55 in) and weight of 50 kg (110 lb)

Background

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Physical Description

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Preferred Habitat

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Diet

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Size

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