FISH SKELETON - CARASSIUS AURATUS
Carassius auratus is a species of freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae (the carps and minnows). It was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated; the common goldfish for example, one of the most commonly-kept aquarium fish, is a subspecies of C. auratus. Several other distinct breeds have developed since the species was first domesticated in China over a thousand years ago; these breeds vary considerably in size, body shape, fin configuration, and coloration. The skeleton of a fish is either made of cartilage (cartilaginous fishes) and bones (boney fishes); C. auratus is bony. All fish are vertebrates, whether they are cartilaginous or bony. As with most fish species, the fins are bony rays supported by muscle and, save for the caudal (tail) fin, are not directly connected to the spine. In bony fishes, this is also often true regarding the opercula (the bony plates covering the gills).
This genuine C. auratus skeleton is finely articulated and mounted onto a polished compressed-wood base. A clear dome on top completes the casing; this specimen makes for a lovely display.
Dimensions: 3.85"W x 9.50"Lx 4.15"D
Scientific Name: Carassius auratus
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