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Crucian carp

Carassius

The crucian carp (Carassius carassius) is a member of the common carp family Cyprinidae.

It is a European species, and its wide range spans from England to Russia; it is found as far north as the Arctic Circle in the Scandinavian countries, and the southern extremities defined by central France and the Black Sea. Its habitat occurs in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving rivers. It has been established that the fish is native to England and not introduced.

The crucian is a medium-sized cyprinid, typically 15 cm in body length, and rarely exceeds in weight over 1.5 kilograms. But a maximum total length of 64.0 cm is reported for a male, and the heaviest published weighed 3 kilograms.