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Common carp   (Cyprinus carpio)
Category: Fish



The common carp is native to Asia. Even though wild, native populations are considered vulnerable to extinction, it has been domesticated and introduced to aquatic environments all over the world – often with devastating consequences to local flora and fauna. Their history as a farmed fish dates back to Roman times, and they are still an important food source in many areas. Koi, the precious, colorful fish kept in ornamental ponds are a domesticated strain common carp.


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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Cypriniformes
Family - Cyprinidae
Genus - Cyprinus
Species - C. carpio

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