Common carp, Cyprinus carpio
Carp is a common name for various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae, a very large group of fishes originally from Eurasia and southeast Asia. The Common carp or European carp ( Cyprinus carpio) is a widespread freshwater Fish related to the common Goldfish ( Carassius auratus Chordates ( Phylum Chordata) are a group of Animals that includes the Vertebrates together with several closely related Invertebrates Osteichthyes (ˌɒstiːˈɪkθiːz also called bony fish, are a taxonomic Class of Fish that includes the ray-finned fish ( Actinopterygii The Cypriniformes are an order of ray-finned fish, including the Carps Minnows Loaches and relatives The family Cyprinidae, from the Ancient Greek κυπρῖνος ( kuprīnos "carp" consists of the Carps A genus (plural genera from Γένος Latin genus "descent family type gender" is a low-level Taxonomic Abramis is a Genus of Freshwater Fish in family family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes, containing Barbodes is a genus of Cyprinid Fish, consisting of 14 species Carassius is a genus in the family Cyprinidae. The species in this genus are commonly known as Crucian Carps, though this term can also specifically The Grass Carp ( Ctenopharyngodon idella) is a Herbivorous, Freshwater Fish. Cyprinus is the Genus of typical Carps in family Cyprinidae, most notable for its widespread member the Common Carp ( Hypophthalmichthys is a genus of Cyprinid Fish consisting of three species Labeo is a genus of Carps in the family Cyprinidae. It contains the typical labeos. Freshwater is a word that refers to bodies of water such as Ponds lakes rivers and streams containing low concentrations of dissolved Salts and other Total dissolved Fish are aquatic Vertebrate animals that are typically ectothermic (previously Cold-blooded) covered with scales, and equipped with two The family Cyprinidae, from the Ancient Greek κυπρῖνος ( kuprīnos "carp" consists of the Carps Some consider all cyprinid fishes carp and the family Cyprinidae itself is often known as the carp family. In colloquial use, however, carp usually refers only to several larger cyprinid species such as Cyprinus carpio (common carp), Carassius carassius (Crucian carp), Ctenopharyngodon idella (grass carp), Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (silver carp), and Hypophthalmichthys nobilis (bighead carp). The Common carp or European carp ( Cyprinus carpio) is a widespread freshwater Fish related to the common Goldfish ( Carassius auratus "Crucian carps" is also used for the Genus Carassius as a whole The Grass Carp ( Ctenopharyngodon idella) is a Herbivorous, Freshwater Fish. The silver carp ( Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) is a species of Freshwater Cyprinid Fish, a variety of Asian carp native to north and "Bighead carps" is also used for the Genus Hypophthalmichthys as a whole Carp have long been an important food fish to humans, as well as popular ornamental fishes (see koi and goldfish). (kɔɪ or more specifically (niɕikigoi literally " brocaded carp" are ornamental domesticated varieties of the Common carp Cyprinus carpio. The goldfish, Carassius auratus, was one of the earliest Fish to be domesticated, and is still one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish and As a result, carp have been introduced to various locations, though with mixed results.
Carp, along with many of their cyprinid relatives, are popular ornamental aquarium and pond fish. The family Cyprinidae, from the Ancient Greek κυπρῖνος ( kuprīnos "carp" consists of the Carps The two most notable ornamental carps are goldfish and koi. The goldfish, Carassius auratus, was one of the earliest Fish to be domesticated, and is still one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish and (kɔɪ or more specifically (niɕikigoi literally " brocaded carp" are ornamental domesticated varieties of the Common carp Cyprinus carpio. Goldfish (Carassius auratus) were kept as ornamental fish in China for hundreds of years before being introduced to Japan in the 15th century, and to Europe in the late 17th century. The koi, a domesticated variety of common carp (Cyprinus carpio), also originated from China and spread widely in Japan. The Common carp or European carp ( Cyprinus carpio) is a widespread freshwater Fish related to the common Goldfish ( Carassius auratus The koi are historically a prevalent symbol in Japanese culture of good luck. They are shown in competitive fish shows like those at the All-Japan exhibition. They are also popular in other parts of the world as pond fish. Goldfish and koi have advantages over most ornamental fishes, as they are tolerant of cold (they can survive in temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius), and can survive at low oxygen levels.
Carp are similarly variable in terms of angling value. In Europe, even when not fished for food, they are eagerly sought out by anglers, being considered highly prized coarse fish that are difficult to hook.  In the United States, the carp is also classified as a coarse fish as well as damaging naturalized exotic species but with sporting qualities. Many anglers in North America are now beginning to discover what the rest of the world has know for some time, as the sport of carp specific angling grows at a staggering pace. Many states' departments of natural resources are beginning to view the carp as an angling opportunity instead of a maligned pest. Groups such as the Carp Anglers Group and American Carp Society have continued to promote the sport and are working hand in hand with fisheries departments to organize events to introduce and expose others to the unique opportunity the carp offers freshwater anglers. In a stunning example of the growing popularity of carp angling, the American Carp Society held a tournament in March of 2006 in Austin Texas that paid out $275,000 to the winners.
Sir Isaac Walton said this about carp in his work The Compleat Angler The Carp is the queen of rivers; a stately, a good, and a very subtil fish; that was not at first bred, nor hath been long in England, but is now naturalised.