The Common Perch is a popular species of the genus Perca (the perches). It inhabits most Europe waters and is present in parts of Asia. It has also been successfully introduced into Australian reservoirs. The Perch distinguishes itself by its beautiful coloring of characteristic dark veritcal stripes on the body, bright red fins and dorsal fin with spines. Juvenile perches feed mainly on plankton, invertebrates and fish roe while older specimens become typical predators, often hunting in packs for small fish. It is a very highly sought after fish by anglers and puts up quite a fight.
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