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Preserved Vertebrates >> Osteichthyes (Fish)


Amia (Bowfin)

Amia (Bowfin)The bowfins are an order (Amiiformes) of primitive ray-finned fish. Only one species, the bowfin Amia calva, family Amiidae, exists today, although additional species in six families are known from Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Eocene fossils. The bowfin and the gar are two of the freshwater fishes still extant that existed, almost unchanged from their current form, while the great dinosaurs roamed the earth.

The most distinctive characteristic of the bowfin is its very long dorsal fin consisting of 45 to 50 rays, and running from mid-back to the base of the tail. The caudal fin is a single lobe. They can grow up to 1 meter in length, and weigh 7 kg. Not a very good food fish compared to many other freshwater species, they are often considered "trash" fish by sportsmen who catch them, and are scorned for their voracious appetite in eating both gamefish and panfish of more desirable species.

Description Price SelectQuantity
Amia (Bowfin) - Each $ 21.20
Amia (Bowfin) 10+ - Each $ 20.00
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Perch Plain

Perch Plain

Perca is the genus of fish referred to as perch or yellow perch, a group of freshwater fish belonging to the family Percidae. Perch, of which there are three species in different geographical areas, lend their name to the largest order of vertebrates: the Perciformes, from the Greek perke meaning perch, and the Latin forma meaning shape. Many other species of fish are also called "perch."

Perch have "rough" or ctenoid scales. When looking through a microscope, the scale look like a plate with growth rings and spikes on the top edges. Externally the anatomy of perch is simple enough. On the dorsal side of the fish, there consists a upper maxilla and lower mandible for the mouth, a pair of nostrils, and two lidless eyes. On the posterior sides are the operculum, which are used to protect the gills. Also there is the lateral line system which is sensitive to vibrations in the water. They have a pair of pectoral and pelvic fins. On the anterior end of the fish, there are two dorsal fins. The first one is spiny and the second is soft. There is also an anal fin, which is also considered spiny, and a caudal fin. Also there is a cloacal opening right behind the anal fin. All perciform fish share the perch's general morphology.

Description Price SelectQuantity
Perch Plain 5-7-in. - Each $ 1.80
Perch Plain 5-7-in. (10+)- Each $ 1.60
Perch Plain 5-7-in. (100+) - Each $ 1.50
Perch Plain 7-9-in. - Each $ 2.25
Perch Plain 7-9-in. (10+) - Each $ 1.95
Perch Plain 7-9-in. (100+) - Each $ 1.75
Perch Plain 9-11-in. - Each $ 4.70
Perch Plain 9-11-in. (100+) - Each $ 3.20
Perch Plain 9-11-in. (10+) - Each $ 3.55
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9298 Elder Creek Road
Sacramento, CA 95829
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