Asian Carp “Invasive Species are ranked second only to habitat destruction in leading to species extinction” (Elton 1958)

  • Carp Taste Test article (Phelps)
  • Attack of the Flying Carp article (Wheelwright)
  • Asian Carp Invasion of the Upper Mississippi River System Status Report (USGS)
    • Includes data and statistics collected by LTRMP (Koel, Irons, & Ratcliff)
  • Asian Carp (Michigan Sea Grant)
    • *Likely start with this - provides a brief history of their introduction as well as biological descriptions and the potential problems they cause.
  • Bibliography Introduction

Interesting Facts

  • Belong to the largest family of freshwater fishes (Cyprinidae) in the world comprising 3,268 species (Nelson 2006), ranging from goldfish to the giant barb which can reach up to 9 ft. in length
  • Largest family of vertebrate animals in general!
  • These fish do not have stomachs!
  • They have excellent hearing abilities thanks to a special organ called the Weberian organ
  • They have excellent hearing abilities thanks to a special organ called the Weberian organ
  • Capable of leaping up to 3 meters out of the water and typically doing so in large numbers while schooling (mention boating accidents?)

Asian Carp
Asian Carp

More Information

Bigheaded Carps - An Annotated Bibliography on Literature Composed from 1970 to 2014

Bigheaded Carps in Mississippi - Emerging Issues and Potential Problems


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