Rudd - Scardinus erythropthalamus
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Rudd - Scardinus erythropthalamus

Rudd - Scardinus erythropthalamus

A fish similar in appearance to Roach but having a more golden colouration and a deeper body.  Grows to between 20-35cm (8-14in) weighing 1kg (2.2lb).  Usually found in shoals in lakes, ponds and slow flowing rivers in the British Isles and most of Europe.  Like the Roach the fins are red but the dorsal fin lies behind the origin of the pelvic.  Forms large shoals which can be seen very near the surface on sunny days.  Spawns in April and May laying up to 100,000 eggs on submerged plants.  Feeds on vegetation and small aquatic animals, reputed to be quite tasty to eat.

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