Shubunkin

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Description of the Shubunkin

The Shubunkin is a fancy goldfish that originally came from Japan. It is known as "Chuwenchin" in China. The Shubunkin is an ideal fish for a beginner as it is hardy and very active. Shubunkin's have a single tail and are Calico red, white, blue, grey and black in color.

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Popular Name: Shubunkin
Species:
Carassius auratus auratus

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Shubunkin

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

  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Coldwater Pond or Tank

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried Fish Food Flakes

  • Temperament: Hardy Fish, ideal for the beginner

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

Scientific Classification of the Shubunkin
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: Shubunkin

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

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

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Shubunkin

Shubunkin

  • Interesting Information about Shubunkin

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Shubunkin slimy?

  • Why do the Shubunkin have gills?

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

  • Species: Carassius auratus auratus

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