Roach Rutilus rutilus

Roach Rutilus rutilus

Class Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes)
Order Cypriniformes (Carps & minnows)
Family Cyprinidae (Carp & tench)
Species Rutilus rutilus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Length up to 50 cm.
Weight up to 1.8 kg.

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.

Seen all year round in lakes, rivers and canals. Common and widespread throughout Britain. A native species.

Discovered in local canal, South Staffordshire. June 2010. © Peter Hillman.