Leopard Danio

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Description of the Leopard Danio

The Leopard Danio is an ideal fish for the beginner, they are beautiful, hardy and prolific breeders! The Leopard Danio is though to be a spotted version of the Zebra Danio. They are a fast moving active fish that should be placed in groups of at least three specimens.

Popular Name: Leopard Danio
Species: Brachydanio frankei

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Leopard Danio

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

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: 19-24 Degrees PH 6.0-8.0

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Flake or Pellet Food

  • Temperament: Very Active, Peaceful Fish

  • Habitat: Rivers and Streams

  • Behaviour: Good Community fish but need plenty of room to swim

  • Range: South Central Asia including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh

Scientific Classification of the Leopard Danio
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: Brachydanio frankei

  • Popular Name: Leopard Danio

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family:Cyprinidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Leopard Danio?
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! Male Leopard Danios tend to be thinner than Females.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Leopard Danio slimy?
Leopard Danio secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Leopard Danio 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 Leopard Danio have gills?
Gills enable the Leopard Danio 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 Leopard Danio 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 Leopard Danio has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Leopard Danio

Leopard Danio

  • Interesting Information about Leopard Danio

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Leopard Danio slimy?

  • Why do the Leopard Danio have gills?

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

  • Species: Brachydanio frankei

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