Pearlscale

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Description of the Pearlscale

The Pearlscale is distinguished from other fancy goldfish by its round body and dome shaped fins. It can be found in a variety of colors including Red, Orange, Calico, Black and Red and White. The Pearlscale is not a fast swimmer so can go hungry if placed in a tank with lively fish.

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Popular Name: Pearlscale
Species: Carassius auratus auratus

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Pearlscale

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

  • Size: Up to 20cm

  • Diet / Feeding: Bloodworms, Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Good Community Fish

  • Habitat: Coldwater Tank or Outdoor Pond

  • Behaviour: Sensitive to cold water below 13 Degrees so not suited to outdoor pond

Scientific Classification of the Pearlscale
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: Carassius auratus auratus

  • Popular Name: Pearlscale

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Pearlscale?
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 Pearlscale slimy?
Pearlscale secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Pearlscale 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 Pearlscale have gills?
Gills enable the Pearlscale 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 Pearlscale 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 Pearlscale has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Pearlscale

Pearlscale

  • Interesting Information about Pearlscale

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Pearlscale slimy?

  • Why do the Pearlscale have gills?

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

  • Species: Carassius auratus auratus

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