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Carassius Collection

Carassius, also known as the goldfish (Cyprinus auratus), is a fascinating species that has captivated people for centuries

Background imageCarassius Collection: Bubble eye goldfish (Carassius auratus) with upward pointing eyes and two large fluid-filled sacs

Bubble eye goldfish (Carassius auratus) with upward pointing eyes and two large fluid-filled sacs.. In captivity, Shanghai Zoo, Shanghai, China

Background imageCarassius Collection: Alver, nase, Prussian carp, and fishing

Alver, nase, Prussian carp, and fishing
Alver, Alburnus alburnus 179, nase, Chondrostoma nasus 181, Prussian carp, Carassius gibelio 182, and fishermen enjoying fishing on the Seine at Paris with rod, line, hook and nets

Background imageCarassius Collection: Danube gudgeon, crucian carp and bream

Danube gudgeon, crucian carp and bream
Danube gudgeon, Gobio gobio 156, crucian carp, Carassius carassius 157 and bream, Abramis brama 158. Handcolored copperplate engraving from Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelms Encyclopedia of Natural History

Background imageCarassius Collection: Barbel, tench and goldfish

Barbel, tench and goldfish
Barbel, Barbus barbus 153, tench, Tinca tinca 154, and Prussian carp or goldfish, Carassius auratus auratus 155. Handcolored copperplate engraving from Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelms Encyclopedia of

Background imageCarassius Collection: Common carp (vulnerable), bronze carp and goldfish

Common carp (vulnerable), bronze carp and goldfish
Common carp, Cyprinus carpio (vulnerable), bronze carp, Carassius carassius, and goldfish, Carassius auratus. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Miss Coignet after an illustration by Jean-Gabriel

Background imageCarassius Collection: Tench, ide, gibel carp and Indian humphead

Tench, ide, gibel carp and Indian humphead
Tench, Tinca tinca 1, ide, Leuciscus idus 2, gibel carp, Carassius auratus auratus 3, and Indian humphead, Kurtus indicus 4

Background imageCarassius Collection: Gudgeon, bleak, spirlin, minnow and Prussian carp

Gudgeon, bleak, spirlin, minnow and Prussian carp
Danube gudgeon, Gobio gobio 1, bleak, Alburnus alburnus 2, spirlin, Alburnoides bipunctatus 3, minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus 4, and Prussian carp, Carassius gibelio 5

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922143

Picture No. 10922143
Goldfish. Black Moor variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922138

Picture No. 10922138
Goldfish. (the first golden gibel carp appeared around 400 AD). (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Crucian Carp and Prussian Carp

Crucian Carp and Prussian Carp
Crucian Carp (Carassius carassius) and Prussian Carp (Carassius gibelio). Date: 1879

Background imageCarassius Collection: Carassius carassius, or Crucian Carp

Carassius carassius, or Crucian Carp, a member of the common carp Ciprinidae family. Date: 1865

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10733821

Picture No. 10733821
Goldfish - with fungus (Carassius auratus) Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922141

Picture No. 10922141
Goldfish. Red Cap Oranda variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Golden Carp (Goldfish) and Bronze Carp

Golden Carp (Goldfish) and Bronze Carp
Golden Carp (Carassius auratus auratus, Goldfish) and Bronze Carp (similar to Crucian and Prussian varieties). Date: 1879

Background imageCarassius Collection: Carassius auratus auratus, or Goldfish

Carassius auratus auratus, or Goldfish, a freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae family. Date: 1865

Background imageCarassius Collection: Carassius gibelio, or Prussian Carp

Carassius gibelio, or Prussian Carp, also known as Silver Prussian Carp and Gibel Carp, a member of the Cyprinidae family. Date: 1865

Background imageCarassius Collection: Goldfish variety, Carassius auratus (Previously

Goldfish variety, Carassius auratus (Previously
Goldfish variety, Carassius auratus. (Previously named Telescope carp, Cyprinus Buphthalmus.). Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 11676152

Picture No. 11676152
Goldfish / Veiltail Goldfish Aquarium photography Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922144

Picture No. 10922144
Goldfish. Red and Black Pearlscale variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922140

Picture No. 10922140
Goldfish. Tri-colored Matt Ranchu variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922133

Picture No. 10922133
Goldfish. the ancestral form, found in freshwaters of China and eastern Asia from which all ornamental types have been derived . (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922142

Picture No. 10922142
Goldfish. Black Moor variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922139

Picture No. 10922139
Goldfish. Oranda variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922134

Picture No. 10922134
Goldfish. the ancestral form, found in freshwaters of China and eastern Asia from which all ornamental types have been derived. (Carassius auratus).. Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922137

Picture No. 10922137
Goldfish. (Carassius auratus).. Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922136

Picture No. 10922136
Goldfish . (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922146

Picture No. 10922146
Goldfish. Oranda variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Picture No. 10922145

Picture No. 10922145
Goldfish. Red and White Butterfly Moor variety. (Carassius auratus). Date:

Background imageCarassius Collection: Carassius auratus, carassin

Carassius auratus, carassin
LS Plate 169 from the John Reeves Collection. John Reeves, a 19th Century Tea Inspector, travelled to Canton, China in order to develop a large collection of Chinese natural history drawings

Background imageCarassius Collection: Cyprinus auratus, goldfish

Cyprinus auratus, goldfish
Plate 121 from the John Reeves Collection. John Reeves, a 19th Century Tea Inspector, travelled to Canton, China in order to develop a large collection of Chinese natural history drawings

Background imageCarassius Collection: Cyprinus carpio, koi carp

Cyprinus carpio, koi carp
This large omnivorous freshwater fish can be found the world over

Background imageCarassius Collection: Carassius auratus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Carassius auratus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Page of drawings of goldfish made in Canton c. early 19th century under the supervision of John Reeves, who commissioned many such drawings


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Carassius, also known as the goldfish (Cyprinus auratus), is a fascinating species that has captivated people for centuries. One of its most distinctive variations is the bubble eye goldfish (Carassius auratus) with upward pointing eyes and two large fluid-filled sacs, giving it a unique appearance. The Carassius genus encompasses several other species such as Crucian Carp and Prussian Carp. The Crucian Carp, scientifically known as Carassius carassius, is often found in freshwater habitats like Alver, nase, Prussian carp, and fishing spots. Its presence adds diversity to aquatic ecosystems. In various regions around the world including the Danube River, you can find an array of fish species coexisting alongside Carassius. These include Danube gudgeon, crucian carp, bream, barbel, tench and even more goldfish varieties. Their interactions create a dynamic environment teeming with life. While some members of this genus are vulnerable like the common carp or bronze carp when it comes to conservation status; others like tench or Indian humphead are relatively stable. It's crucial to protect these species and their habitats to maintain biodiversity in our waters. It also shares its habitat with other small fish such as gudgeon, bleak spirlin minnows and Prussian carp. These diverse communities contribute to a balanced ecosystem where each organism plays a vital role in maintaining harmony within nature. Among all these variations lies the Golden Carp (Goldfish) and Bronze Carp which showcase stunning colors that have made them popular choices for ornamental ponds worldwide. They bring beauty and tranquility wherever they reside. One particular subspecies worth mentioning is Carassius auratus auratus - commonly referred to as Goldfish - which has been selectively bred over centuries resulting in numerous captivating forms seen today.