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Asian Carp Identification Key

Bighead Carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)

Identification image of a Bighead carp

Figure 1. An illustration of Bighead Carp, a species of Asian carp. The locations of the eyes, dorsal, anal and pelvic fins, as well as its lack of barbels are indicated on the illustration. Illustration by © Joseph R. Tomelleri



Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) 

 

Identification image of a Silver carp 

Figure 2. An illustration of Silver Carp, a species of Asian carp. The locations of the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins, its curved lateral line from gill to tail, as well as its lack of barbels are indicated on the illustration. Illustration by © Joseph R. Tomelleri

Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)

Identification image of a Grass carp

 Figure 3. An illustration of Grass Carp, a species of Asian carp. The locations of the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins, its curved lateral line from gill to tail, as well as its lack of barbels are indicated on the illustration. Illustration by © Joseph R. Tomelleri

Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)

Identification image of a black carp

Figure 4. An illustration of Black Carp, a species of Asian carp. The locations of the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins, its curved lateral line from gill to tail, as well as its lack of barbels are indicated on the illustration. Illustration by © Joseph R. Tomelleri

Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Identification image of a common carp

Figure 5. An illustration of Common Carp, which is not a species of Asian carp. The locations of the long dorsal, anal and pelvic fins, the presence of a single dorsal fin and the presence of barbels, are indicated on the illustration. Illustration by © Joseph R. Tomelleri