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  • Perca vulgaris  Schaeffer, 1761: 1.
  • Perca italica  Cuvier, 1828:45.
  • Perca fluviatilis var. nigrescens  Heckel, 1837: 155.
  • Perca helvetica  Gronow in Gray, 1854: 113.
  • Perca fluviatilis var. aurea and Per  Smitt, 1892: 30.
  • Perca fluviatilis var. macedonica  Karaman, 1924: 79.
  • Perca fluviatilis morpha phragmiteti  Berg, 1933: 635.
  • Perca fluviatilis zaissanica  Dianov, 1955: p. uncertain.
  • Perca fluviatilis intermedius  Svetovidov & Dorofeeva, 1963: 639.
    FAO Names
    En - European perch, Fr - Perche européenne, Sp - Perca.
    3Alpha Code: FPE     Taxonomic Code: 1701400201
    Diagnostic Features
    Body moderately deep and covered with rough-edged scales. Head short, snout rounded and blunt.  Teeth small but very numerous; no large canines.  Two dorsal fins separate, although joined at the base by a membrane; first dorsal fin with 14 sharp spines; second with maintly branched rays. The anal fin has 2 sharp spines in front of the branched rays. Pelvic fins set close together, the space between them less than two-thirds the width of the base.  Colour back greeny-brown becoming golden green on the sides, and cream to white on the belly. Dark vertical bars across the upper sides, a black spot at the end of the first dorsal fin. Ventral fins orange. 
    Geographical Distribution

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    A family (Percidae) of freshwater fishes originally confined to the temperated waters of the northern hemisphere (Europe and North America), but representatives have been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
    Habitat and Biology
    Occurs in slow-flowing rivers, deep lakes and ponds; avoid cold, fast-flowing waters but may penetrate into but not breed in such waters. Normally found lying close or amongst obstacles in the water. Common in some of the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea.A predatory species, juveniles feed on zooplankton, bottom invertebrate fauna and other perch fry while adults feed on both invertebrates and fish, mainly stickle-backs, perch, roach and minnows.
    Spawns between February and July in the northern hemisphere and between August and October in the southern hemisphere. 
    Attains a maximum length of 51 cm and weight of 4.75 kg; more usually 35 cm and 1.20 kg.
    Interest to Fisheries
    Its flesh is very good eating. Also important for game fishing. In Europe it is fished for and marketed as a food-fish; also used to be cultured commercially in Australia. The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 2 421 t. The countries with the largest catches were Canada (1 884 t) and USA (537 t).
    Utilized fresh and frozen; eaten pan-fried and baked.
    Local Names
    Bulgarian : Kostur .
    Czech : Okoun ricni .
    Danish : Aborre .
    Dutch : Baars .
    English : Eurasian perch ,  European perch ,  Perch ,  River perch .
    Finnish : Ahven .
    French : Perche commune ,  Perche européenne ,  Perche fluviatile .
    Gaelic/Irish : Peirse .
    German : Barsch ,  Berse ,  Bersich ,  Flussbarsch .
    Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2003. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org
    Wheeler, A. - 1978Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe. A guide to the identification of more than 350 species. Frederick Warne (Publishers) Ltd., London. 380 pp.
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