Common Nase, Chondrostoma

The Common Nase (Chondrostoma) is a migrating, or potamodromous, fish. It is found in the basins of the Danube, Meuse, and Rhine rivers. It is often referred to as “the Nase”. Referring to the Common Nase as just “the Nase” can also be referring to any species of its family. This fish has also been called sneep.

The Common Nase has blue-grey metallic scales and an orange tail. Its body is shaped like a spindle. It has a sharp lower lip and typically ranges from 10-16 inches in length. The Common Nase can weigh about 2.2 pounds; however the Common Nase has been measured and recorded at about 20 inches in length and 3.3 pounds. The maximum lifespan of this fish has been recorded at 15 years.

This shoaling fish is found in deep water with fast currents, usually in rocky outcrops and back waters of bridges. The Common Nase feeds on algae.

Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and natural Habitats have protection laws for the Common Nase.

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