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Common carp   (Cyprinus carpio)
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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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