Fish Species


Lionhead - Description

The Lionhead is known as the Ranchu in Japan and it can be recognised by its lack of dorsal fin and a large growth on its head which is thought to resemble a bunch of grapes!

It is not recommended for beginners, it is much less hardy than other varieties of fancy goldfish.

Popular Name: Lionhead
Species: Carassius auratus auratus

Profile of the Lionhead

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Lionhead species.

  • Size: 13cm

  • Diet / Feeding: Commercial Dried Fish Food Flakes

  • Temperament: Not Aggressive, good community fish

  • Habitat:Outdoor Pond or Coldwater Tank

  • Behaviour: Slow Swimmer

Scientific Classification of the Lionhead

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: Lionhead

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae

Gold Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Lionhead

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi, Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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