How rare is a Mirror Carp ?

Discussion in 'Carp Fishing' started by kyron4, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. kyron4

    kyron4 New Member

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    Last night my dad caught a 18" Mirror Carp. Are these rare fish to catch in the wild ? Are they a genetic defect of common carp or a reproduceing sub-species ?
    -Thank
     
  2. stinkbaitman

    stinkbaitman New Member

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    i found this on the internet-

    The difference between mirror and common carp is both genetic and visual - biologically they are similar. The mirror carp was the first mutation of common carp, owing to two alternative genes, the S allele and the N allele. The genetic term for a mirror carp is "ssnn" (all minor). Common carp have an even, regular scale pattern, whereas mirrors have irregular and patchy scaling, making many fish unique, and possible to identify by sight,
     

  3. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    They're not rare here, theres tons of em in our lake.
     
  4. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    in the areas we fish, you are just as likely to catch a mirror as a common. not rare at all.
     
  5. Big-Blue

    Big-Blue New Member

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    never seen one, have any pics ?
     
  6. catfish chaser

    catfish chaser New Member

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    i'VE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF A MIRROR CARP, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE THEM IN PA
     
  7. kyron4

    kyron4 New Member

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    Here's the one my Dad caught. Note the scales of the Mirror Carp as opposed to the common carp.
     

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  8. oh no

    oh no New Member

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    Whether its a mirror or regular, its all rose bush food to me. lol lol
     
  9. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    I have a bunch of those it a tank in the back yard that are from 2 to 8 inches long that I use for bait. I thought it was some kind of koi because I have seen koi like that and the pond I get them from is full of carp goldfish and koi. it has thousands of small fish in it with a few huge ones. dont know where all the little ones go every yr. because late in the yr I cant get anymore then the next spring after the spawn there are 1000s again and if they all grew up you could walk across them cause the pond isnt large.
     
  10. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    There are plenty of them in the Philly area.