Zebrafish

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Description of the Zebrafish

The Zebrafish is a very popular freshwater tropical fish, it is also widely known by the name Zebra Danio. They are a perfect choice for the beginner as the Zebrafish is hardy and relatively cheap, they make a beautiful addition to any freshwater aquarium. The Zebrafish can be identified by five blue horizontal stripes which run the full length of its body.

Popular Name: Zebrafish
Species: Danio rerio

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Zebrafish

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Profile of the Zebrafish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Zebrafish species.

  • Size: Up to 6.5cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 22-28 Degrees

  • Temperament: Lively, Playful fish

  • Habitat: Stream, Ponds and Rivers

  • Behaviour: Peaceful, Good Community Fish

  • Range: South-eastern Himalayan Region

Scientific Classification of the Zebrafish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Danio rerio

  • Popular Name: Zebrafish - Zebra Danio

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Zebrafish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Zebrafish slimy?
Zebrafish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Zebrafish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Zebrafish have gills?
Gills enable the Zebrafish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Zebrafish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Zebrafish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Zebrafish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Zebrafish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Zebrafish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Zebrafish

Zebrafish

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Zebrafish slimy?

  • Why do the Zebrafish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Zebrafish have fins?

  • Species: Danio rerio

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