Forktail Rainbow Fish

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Description of the Forktail Rainbow Fish

The Forktail Rainbow Fish is a small silver colored fish with yellow trimmed fins. The color of the pectoral fin of the male differs from the females, males have a yellow tipped pectoral fin with females having a transparent pectoral fin. Their tails appear fork like due to their coloring.

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Forktail Rainbow Fish

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Popular Name: Forktail Rainbow Fish
Species: Pseudomugil furcatus

Profile of the Forktail Rainbow Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Forktail Rainbow Fish species.

  • Size: 5cm to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 26 Degrees, PH: 7-8

  • Diet / Feeding: Mosquito Larvae, Mysis Shrimp, Bloodworm and Daphnia

  • Temperament: Excellent, very lively fish

  • Habitat: Freshwater Streams and Rivers in Papua New Guinea

  • Behaviour: Peaceful, Recommended to place similar species together with lots of planting

  • Range: Papua New Guinea

Scientific Classification of the Forktail Rainbow Fish
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: Pseudomugil furcatus

  • Popular Name: Furcata Rainbowfish, Forktail Blue-Eye Rainbowfish, Forktail Rainbowfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Family: Pseudomugilidae 

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

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Forktail Rainbow Fish

Forktail Rainbow Fish

  • Interesting Information about Forktail Rainbow Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Forktail Rainbow Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Forktail Rainbow Fish have gills?

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

  • Species: Pseudomugil furcatus

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