Animal Fish Family: Cyprinidae Classification: Prohibited
Ide and Orfe
are exotic species common in Europe. The species get up to 24 inches, and
weigh up to four pounds. They live in fresh and brackish water that is slow
moving or still. The golden orfe are sometimes sold as decorative pond species.
In some regions they have been found to carry an encysted form of a myxospridian,
Thelohanellus oculileucisci. They feed primarily on insects in fresh water.
In Brackish water they will feed on mussels, snails, and crustaceans, and
possibly fish fry. They are a migratory fish, ascending small streams in
the spring to spawn in stony or sandy areas where they lay as many as 100,000
eggs. If introduced they could out compete native species for food and habitat.