Grass Carp

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Ctenopharyngodon idella
Cyprinidae (minnows) in the order Cypriniformes (carps, minnows, and loaches)

A large member of the minnow family. Grass carp are large-bodied with a broad head and a terminal, transverse mouth. Both dorsal and anal fins lack spines at the leading edge. The scales appear cross-hatched.

Total length: 12 to 24 inches; maximum length 48 inches.
Habitat and conservation: 
Natural and artificial impoundments, large rivers. Used to control vegetation in ponds and lakes, but commonly remove too much vegetation and deteriorate habitat for game fish.
Herbivorous, feeding on a variety of plant matter.
Distribution in Missouri: 
By 1976, widely distributed in Missouri, Mississippi, and St. Francis rivers.
Commercial. Sport. Exotic. Also called "white amur."
Life cycle: 
Individuals can live up to 20 years.
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