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Goldfish, Carassius auratus


Short description of Carassius auratus, Goldfish

An ornamental goldfish reverting to the 'wild' brown form.  Up to 45cm & 1kg+. Deep body, rounded cross-section, large head and eyes, small mouth, forked tail, large scales.

Description of Carassius auratus, Goldfish status in GB

Populations of the ornamental goldfish are known in England and Wales, records also from Scotland (broadly the Glasgow area).

Habitat summary: Carassius auratus, Goldfish

Still and stagnant waters (ponds, lakes); also some slow-flowing river waters and ditches.

Overview table

Environment: Freshwater
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Hong Kong, Kazan-retto, Nansei-shoto, Ogasawara-shoto, Laos, Myanmar, Macau
Functional type: Omnivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Date of first record: 1694

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Goldfish

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Dr. David Hubble

Last updated:

March 30th, 2011

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