What is perch?

  • (verb): Sit, as on a branch.
    Synonyms: roost, rest
    See also — Additional definitions below


Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca, freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae. The perch, of which there are three species in different geographical areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates: the Perciformes, from the Greek perke meaning spotted, and the Latin forma meaning shape. Many species of freshwater gamefish more or less resemble perch, but belong to a different genera. In fact, the exclusively salt water dwelling red drum is often referred to as a red perch, even though by definition perch are freshwater fish. Though many fish are referred to as perch as a common name, to be considered a true perch the fish must be of the family Percidae.

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Some articles on perch:

Perch - Species
... Most authorities recognize three species within the perch genus The European perch (Perca fluviatilis) is found in Europe and Asia ... The European perch has been successfully introduced in New Zealand and Australia where it is known as the redfin perch or English perch ... The Balkhash perch (Perca schrenkii) is found in Kazakhstan, (in Lake Balkhash and Lake Alakol), Uzbekistan, and China ...
... Thus the Macquaria genus currently holds the two species of native perch from the Murray-Darling Basin — golden perch (Macquaria ambigua) and Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica) — and the two species of ... research using mitochondrial DNA comparisons suggests that Australian bass and estuary perch may belong in a separate genus, which may thus result in the resurrection ...
The Perch (Binsey) - History
... The Perch dates back 800 years, and the current building, a Grade II listed building, to at least the 17th century ... The Perch, together with most of the other buildings in Binsey, is owned by Christ Church in nearby Oxford ... The Perch was extensively damaged by fire in 1977 and again in 2007 ...
Lenthalls Dam
... Australian native fish such as barramundi, bass, golden perch and silver perch under the Queensland Governments stocked impoundment permit scheme ... which inhabit the lake include Spangled Perch, Saratoga, Krefft's Turtle, Flinders Ranges mogurnda, Rainbow fish, Fire tail gudgeon, Long finned eel and ...
Lake Kurwongbah - Recreational Activities - Fishing
... The dam is stocked with silver perch, golden perch and bass ... Spangled perch and forktail catfish are present in the dam naturally ...

More definitions of "perch":

  • (verb): Cause to perch or sit.
    Example: "She perched her hat on her head"
  • (noun): Any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes.
  • (noun): Spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes.
  • (verb): To come to rest, settle.
    Synonyms: alight, light
  • (noun): An elevated place serving as a seat.
  • (noun): Support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird).
  • (noun): A square rod of land.
    Synonyms: rod, pole
  • (noun): Any of numerous fishes of America and Europe.
  • (noun): A linear measure of 16.5 feet.
    Synonyms: rod, pole

Famous quotes containing the word perch:

    Some may know what they seek in school and church,
    And why they seek it there; for what I search
    I must go measuring stone walls, perch on perch....
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    Poor verdant fool, and now green ice! thy joys,
    Large and as lasting as thy perch of grass,
    Bid us lay in ‘gainst winter rain, and poise
    Their floods with an o’erflowing glass.
    Richard Lovelace (1618–1658)

    “Woman is mannes joy and all his bliss.”
    For when I feel a-night your softe side,
    Albeit that I may not on you ride,
    For that our perch is made so narrowe, alas!
    I am so full of joy and of solace
    That I defye bothe sweven and dream.’
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)