Name: Tench

Scientific name: Tinca tinca

Category: Fish

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A medium-sized, heavy, deep-bodied fish, 30-40cm. Tench can be found in soft-bottomed lakes and in slow-flowing rivers with plenty of vegetation. They are quite shy fish, hiding amongst dense weed. Tench feed on invertebrates, including pond snails and small pea mussels.

How to identify: Dark bronzey green in colour, with blackish, rounded fins and sometimes with a golden orangey throat and belly.

Where: Found throughout the lowlands, widespread in England but rarer in Wales and Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 50
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: Also known as the Doctor Fish.

Photograph credit: Michel Roggo/naturepl