Perch (Latin: Perca fluviatilis) is a freshwater fish that is found throughout Europe.
Perch is a highly adaptable resident of stagnant and slow-flowing waters. Being relatively flexible, perch is almost always one of the first species of fish to colonize a new stretch of water.
Its typical features are its split dorsal fins and the attractive, reddish colour of its pectoral and ventral fins. Its greyish to olive-coloured body is covered in black stripes. The number of stripes varies between six and eight vertical stripes, depending on the age and size of the animal.