Biology and ecology of carp.
Carp are the backbone of a growing aquaculture industry. They facilitate scientific progress as a model species in laboratories, cause concern for ecosystem managers as an invasive species, and mesmerize anglers as big game. In addition, ornamental koi carp fascinate hobby breeders. Biology and Ecology of Carp covers all these facets of this freshwater fish. The current state of research on carp is reviewed. Thirteen cross-linked chapters cover: carp aquaculture; natural and artificial reproduction; feeding and growth; ecosystem effects of carp; effects of disease agents and toxic substances on carp. Colour illustrations and infoboxes help readers navigate technical terms and complex concepts, explaining how carp interact with their natural and artificial environments. This book is suitable for everyone interested in carp - from scholars to anglers.