Roach - Rutilus rutilus
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Roach - Rutilus rutilus

Roach - Rutilus rutilus

Length 10-35cm (4-14in) and sometimes weighing over 1Kg (2.2lbs), the roach is common in most rivers and ponds, capable of surviving in brackish and stagnant water.  Popular with anglers.  Rare in Ireland where it is confused with the Rudd - Scardinius erythropthalamus.

Silver in colour with red fins, dorsal placed over the pelvic.  Spawns in April and May laying about 100,000 eggs predated by pike and others.  Feeds on aquatic plants, crustaceans, insects and molluscs.

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