Koi

Koi

Koi
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.

Facts

  • 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.

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