Caring for Siamese Fighting Fish


Siamese Fish Anatomy

Siamese Fish Anatomy

Male Siamese Fighting Fish anatomy and Female Siamese Fighting Fish anatomy are basically the same. Both have a cylindrical form, with the anterior part of the body tapering to a laterally compressed shape. The pelvic fins are quite long and extended, particularly in the male. The dorsal fin inserts behind the midpoint of the back, and varies in length from short to moderate. In domesticated male Siamese Fish anatomy, this fin can be exaggerated into a huge sail. Near the pectoral fin insertion, the anal fin is long and when splayed, it billows out like a large fan, in the same way as the caudal fin. When at rest, both fins hang down, giving the appearance of long folded drapes. As a Siamese fish ages, his tail and fins grow longer and heavier, causing him to become sluggish. He will become rejuvenated following what is referred to as 'blowing his tail.' He loses it only to have it grow back with some discoloration and unevenness. However, the loss of the heavy tail rejuvenates him.

On the Siamese fish anatomy, the beard, which is the membrane under the gill plate cover, is displayed by both male and female when flaring, although the female's is considerably smaller. Without having the ability to blink, the Siamese's eyes protrude. Their mouths are particularly interesting. With rows of tiny pointed teeth and powerful jaws, they are perfectly designed and positioned to both devour and to blow bubbles. Proportionately, Siamese fish have bigger and strong jaws than the great white shark! What is further intriguing about them is the way the male siamese fish gently carry the eggs in their mouths without damaging them on their sharp teeth.

The internal organs of the Siamese fighting fish anatomy, which include the brain, heart, stomach, liver and spleen, are mostly located between the head and the beginning of the anal fin. The lower half of its anatomy is flesh, spine and the swim bladder.

Between these anatomical features and specific behavioral characteristics, today's Siamese fish can unquestionably be classified as members of the suborder Anabantoidei.

Links to other related pages on this site:

  • Siamese Fish Colors Diagram
    A diagram of the Siamese Fish Colours.
  • Siamese Fish Senses
    The Siamese Fish Senses - Taste, Touch, Smell & Sight.
  • Siamese Fish Tail
    The fins and tail are the most attractive part of the Siamese Fighting Fish anatomy. Siamese fish start developing fins from eight weeks of age onwards. After two months, the tail fins start growing.