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Perch are a freshwater fish.

In general, they are considered a good fish for eating.

They can grow up to 5 pounds (2.3 kg) or more, and have rough scales.

There are several species.
  • European and Asian is Perca fluviatilis. Has been introduced into Australia and New Zealand
  • Central Asian is Perca schrenkii
  • Yellow perch is Perca flavescens. Found in North America
  • Golden perch (Macquaria ambigua) is native to Australia.
  • Silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) is native to Australia.
  • Spangled Perch (Leiopotherapon unicolor) is native to Australia.

White Perch is Morone americana. Found in North America, it is not strictly a perch, as it is not a member of the class of Perciformes

Cooking Tips

Perch are usually floured and pan-fried.


Perch; Silver Perch

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Also called:

Perche (French); Barsch, Flussbarsch (German); Perca, Pesce persico (Italian); Perca (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Perch." CooksInfo.com. Published 21 September 2010; revised 21 September 2010. Web. Accessed 03/24/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/perch>.

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