Common name: Goldfish. Scientific name: Carassius auratus. Family: Cyprinidae

Goldfish: Max length : 32.0 cm. Introduced throughout the world. Live better in cold water. Feed mainly on plankton, benthic invertebrates, plant material and detritus. Goldfish lay eggs on submerged vegetation. Reported individual hooked by an angler in a lake in Poole, Dorset measured 40 cm, weighing 2.3 kg.


From the Australian National Fish Collection

  • The Australian National Fish Collection is a comprehensive reference and research facility
  • It holds 145,000 finfish specimens representing 3,000 species
  • The collection supports marine biology and conservation of aquatic biodiversity
  • The ANFC is maintained by CSIRO in Hobart, Tasmania


  1. Hi Huw,
    Wow, a 40 cm goldfish!
    Could you write a piece on sea moths? I found a fish resembling one in a bag of fresh prawns and would like to know more about them.

  2. I *love* Friday Fish Time

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