Lake, River, Backwater
2 - 5 pounds
14" - 24"
The common Rudd, or otherwise known as a Pearl Roach, has bright red pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins. However, the Rudd’s dorsal and tail fins appear to be more of a brown to bright red gradient. It appears to be a stocky and deep-bodied fish with a slightly protruding lower lip. The tail fin is a bit forked, forming a deep letter “v”. While the Rudd appears to be silvery-white, the top (dorsal) portion of its body appears to be dark olive green.
While they do look like a Minnow, they can be told apart by their scaled keels. These look like a line between their pelvic fins. However, the Rudd looks more similar to the Golden Shiner and requires a closer look to tell them apart. To tell them apart, one has to count the number of rays on their fins. Rudds have around 9-11 rays for their dorsal fin and 10-11 for their anal fins. Also, to take note more of the color on their fins. The Rudd’s fins are red whereas the Golden Shiner has golden fins.
When young, Rudds are carnivorous. They eat smaller fish and aquatic insects. Sometimes, they also feast on zooplankton. However, as they grow older, Rudds become vegetarian and prefer aquatic plants as their main source of nutrients.
Rudds grow to an average of 25 cm but have been reported growing to 45-50 cm.
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