The Roach, pp.283-284.

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   BELONGS also to the cyprinus order, and is remarkable for its numerous progeny. It is a deep yet thin made fish, in shape nearly resembling the bream, but approaching to the carp by the breadth and shape of its scales, which are large and deciduous. The soundness of the flesh is become proverbial, and pleases the taste by a peculiar delicacy of flavour. The belly fins are, like those of the perch, of a bright crimson, and the irides of the eyes sparkle like rubies and granate. The size of the Roach is commonly between nine and ten inches, but attains sometimes a much greater bulk. 

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