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Fish in flight: Lawrence photography pros capture odd sight in park

I believe you are talking about grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). These are another species of asian carp. The article should have included something about Silver Carp...asain carp is kind of a generic name. Even the comon carp (yellow/orange ones) are 'asian carp'.

Asian carp=

common carp (Cyprinus carpio)
grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)
silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)

September 2, 2010 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fish in flight: Lawrence photography pros capture odd sight in park

If you don't know what you are talking about, you shouldn't post stuff like this. These are NOT gizzard shad. They are the invasive asian carp; these are probably silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) but bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) are also in the Missouri River and are considered an invasive 'asian carp'. Some confusion has come about because some people think of grass carp as 'asian carp', which they are, but they are yet another species, (Ctenopharyngodon idella). This is probably what devobrun was referrring to. Grass carp are stocked into ponds to control the growth of aquatic vegetation. They are bred to be triploid and therefore (supposedly) sterile. The silver carp and bighead carp are reproduing and spreading like crazy. Still no need to panic, but at least please know what you are talking about. Thanks to the great photos it is very easy to see that these are NOT gizzard shad, very funny.

September 2, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )