Description: Rutilus Rutilus
Specimen weight: 907 grams (2 lb).
Irish Record weight: 3lb Lagan Canal, 2002
Life Span:10-15 years
Family Cyprinidae, (plural also roach) is a small freshwater and brackish water fish native to most of Europe and western Asia. It has classical 'fish' form. The lips are level when the mouth is open compared to rudd which have a protruding lower lip. In clear water the roach is brightly coloured. The roach has red/orange pectoral and anal fins.
The male fish develops white lumps or Tubercles on the head during spawning.
The front edge of the dorsal fin is in line with the ventral fin where as in Rudd the front end of the dorsal is behind the base of the ventral.
Location: Roach can be found all over a venue from the slow moving to fast rivers Deep stillwater and in the shallows
Distribution: Common throughout the continent of Europe