Cyprinus carpio

CLASS Osteichthyes | ORDER Cypriniformes | FAMILY Cyprinidae

RANGE Native of China, introduced into Japan then worldwide

HABITAT Slow-moving bodies of water

DIET Water plants, insects, worms, and crustaceans

SIZE 3 - 4 ft


Koi are an ornamental colored variation of the common carp. Their striking colors were produced by the skill and infinite patience of Japanese breeders. For centuries they were carefully bred and selected until the color was firmly fixed.

Today, there are 13 official classifications of Koi based on color, pattern, and/or scale type.