What is perch?

  • (noun): Support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird).
    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 ...
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
... It is stocked with Australian native fish such as barramundi, bass, golden perch and silver perch under the Queensland Governments stocked impoundment permit scheme ... Other aquatic species which inhabit the lake include Spangled Perch, Saratoga, Krefft's Turtle, Flinders Ranges mogurnda, Rainbow fish, Fire tail gudgeon, Long ...
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 ...
... 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 ... DNA comparisons suggests that Australian bass and estuary perch may belong in a separate genus, which may thus result in the resurrection of the Percalates genus (Jerry et al ...

More definitions of "perch":

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

Famous quotes containing the word perch:

    The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    We must not make a scarecrow of the law,
    Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
    And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
    Their perch and not their terror.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    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)