Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fact of the Day: Goldfish Ancestor

Goldfish originated in ancient China by as early as the Jin Dynasty. Its ancestors were gray carps (with genetic evidence suggesting the Prussian carp) that were primarily kept for food. The carps eventually started to produce mutations with the colors red, yellow, orange on their scales. After this was discovered, the fish became popular in ornamental ponds and water-gardens. 

23 comments:

Cloudia said...

Some koi cost as much as purebred horses!

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Ric said...

nice to know this!
I love watching goldfish!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

So their ancestors were Anonymous gray carps? Wow...
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Sammie said...

Interesting :) sounds a bit like the evolution of a pokemon with the color mutation ;)

Bob Bushell said...

orangefish, ha ha.

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Carps scare me. Reminds me of those bridges at amusement parks where you throw some corn in the water and in a split second thousands of carp rush in below you. UGH!!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Interesting. I would have never thought that they evolved from a gray species. I find evolution to be so fascinating. I wish they offered a class on it - I would totally take it.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

They evolved into very pretty fish!

Christine said...

interesting!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Fascinating! Did not know that.

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew that one

Adam said...

though koi came out of Japan through common carp

Emmylou said...

We have two fantail goldfishes that we've had since 2008. Love them:)

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Margaret D said...

Nice to know and I have a big fishpond outside where many goldfish live :)

Joy said...

So that was the origin:)

Karen Baldwin said...

Well, at least some mutations are beautiful.

Pilar Domínguez said...

I didn´t know its origin. Very interesting fact. Kisses:)

Fundy Blue said...

Very interesting! There was a koi hanging out in one of the pools along Piney Creek for several years ~ Then it got washed away in a serious flash flood in 2012. I loved to watch that fish in a wild pool. It would have been fun to know its life story! Take care!

Unknown said...

Wow, so interesting!!

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Theresa Mahoney said...

Very interesting! They are one of the prettier fish!

Caro * said...

Very interesting ! I didn't know the origin :)

Kay said...

When I was growing up in Waipahu, our neighbor had a koi pond with the most incredible colors. They are beautiful!