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Photographed in Hong Kong, 2003 and 2010
Note the fantail-type finnage and the good red colour in these fish; strong
red colouration seems to be lacking in Western pearlscales which are usually
orange-white. Notice also the extreme roundness of the bodies.
Black-white-red fish with fantail-style finnage.
Further oranda pearlscales photographed in Hong Kong, 2010.
These fish have an oranda-style hood: a prominent growth on the top of the
head (cranial region) giving the appearance of a hood, with less well developed
growths on the cheeks and gills (infra-orbital and opercular regions). Note
that the finnage is longer (as in the ryukin and the man-yu), being intermediate
between the fantail and the veiltail. Called crown pearlscales in the USA.
Oranda pearlscales of various colours with larger than usual, bubble-like hoods.
At bottom left is an oranda pearlscale dragon eye (an oranda pearlscale with
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