GRASS CARP Ctenopharyngodon idella
- Broad, blunt head with slight downturned mouth, no barbels
- Eyes sit even with the mouth
- No keel
- Pointed dorsal fin with 8–10 soft rays
- Large scales are silver to gray with a prominent dark edge, giving a crosshatched effect, 34–45 in lateral line
- Body has dark olive shading with brownish-yellow sides; white belly
Grass carp have a body shape similar to black carp that is large, elongated, and slender, but it lacks both a down-turned mouth, and barbels. Grass carp are silvery to olive in color, lacking the golden hue of common carp. The scales are large, circular in shape, and outlined with a dark pigment, giving a cross-hatched effect, while the head has no scales. The head is slightly flattened with moderately small eyes centered on the side of the head and a toothless mouth. Grass carp have small, comb-like teeth that are best suited for consuming vegetation. Grass carp can grow up to 5.2 feet in length and 80 pounds in weight.