Roach Rutilus rutilus 

Roach Rutilus rutilus

Discovered in local canal. 20th June 2010. © Peter Hillman

The Roach has a slivery appearance with reddish fins. It can be distinguished from the Rudd (Scardinius erythropthalmus) by the leading edge of its dorsal fin, which is inline with the leading edge of its ventral fins.

Roach spawns in shoals on submerged vegetation from April to early June, depending on conditions. It is omnivorous and feeds on zooplankton, zoobenthos, detritus, epiphytes, phytoplankton, and macrophytes.

Common and widespread throughout Britain. A native species.

Length up to 50 cm
Weight up to 1.8 kg

When to see it
All year round.

Where to see it
Lakes, rivers and canals.

Actinopterygii (Ray-finned Fishes)


Cyprinidae (Carps & minows)