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By Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Scardinius Erythrophthalmus


The European rudd is a medium-sized fish belonging to the carp and minnow family. It is largely carnivorous when young, feeding on snails, insects, small crustaceans, and even smaller fish; but tends to prefer aquatic vegetation as it gets older. Species Description The body of the rudd is somewhat stocky and robust with large scales and a forked tail. The mouth is distinct with a sharply-angled, protruding lower lip. Its skin color is brownish-green above, brassy yellow to rosy on the sides, fading to silvery underneath. The pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins are a distinctive bright reddish-orange color. The iris of the eye is yellow to orange, often with a red spot that can cover the pupil. Another identifying feature of Map created on 5/24/2012. the rudd is the beginning of its dorsal fin set well behind the front of the pelvic fin. Average size is up to 48 cm (19 in) in length. These features are useful for distinguishing the rudd from look-a-like species like the golden shiner, which has pale colored fins and lacks the red spot on the iris. Native & Introduced Ranges Native to Europe and western Asia, the European rudd was introduced to the United States in the late 19th century, probably as a game and food fish. Since its introduction it has spread throughout most of the country and has been collected in 21 states as well as parts of the Great Lakes system. In Pennsylvania, the rudd has been collected in Lake Erie and its tributaries, the Allegheny Reservoir in Warren County, an

Year: 2013
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