Family:Cyprinidae (minnows) in the order Cypriniformes (carps, minnows, and loaches)
A large member of the minnow family. Grass carp are large-bodied with a broad head and a terminal, transverse mouth. Both dorsal and anal fins lack spines at the leading edge. The scales appear cross-hatched.
Size:Total length: 12 to 24 inches; maximum length 48 inches.
Habitat and conservation:Natural and artificial impoundments, large rivers. Used to control vegetation in ponds and lakes, but commonly remove too much vegetation and deteriorate habitat for game fish.
Foods:Herbivorous, feeding on a variety of plant matter.
Distribution in Missouri:By 1976, widely distributed in Missouri, Mississippi, and St. Francis rivers.
Status:Commercial. Sport. Exotic. Also called "white amur."
Life cycle:Individuals can live up to 20 years.