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Koi, Tri-Color (Cyprinus carpio)

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Koi is any of the ornamental, domesticated varieties of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, of the Cyprinidae family, a freshwater fish characterized by a forked caudal (tail) fin, barbels, and a wide variation in color and patterns, from solid to multicolored, and from dull gray, black, and white, to red, yellow, orange, blue, and metallic (gold and silver) colors. Koi (鯉) is known as nishikigoi (錦鯉) in Japanese, meaning "brocaded carp" or "colored Koi."

Koi is one of the world's most popular freshwater, ornamental fish. These "living jewels" are known for their beauty, brilliant colors, ease of care, longevity, and ability to adapt to most pond environments. In Japan, they have been a symbol of strength, prosperity, and good luck. They reflect the human ability to develop over time new varieties from the rich variability inherent in nature.