Rudd - Scardinius erythrophthalmus
Photos ©2001 Marcel Karssies,
Rudd - Scardinius erythrophthalmus

Rudd - Scardinius erythrophthalmus
Family - Cyprinidae

A fish similar in appearance to Roach – Rutilus rutilus but they have a more golden colouration, a deeper body and a yellow eye colour, and an upturned mouth.  Grows to between 20–45cm (8–18in) weighing 1kg (2.2lb).  Native to and 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 which is greyish with a reddish tint, 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, living for about 15 years.

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Rudd – Scardinius erythrophthalmus is eaten or used as an herbal remedy.   Reputed to be quite tasty to eat.

Rudd is an introduced species in many countries including the United States, New Zealand, Canada and parts of North Africa.  

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