Perch Dissection

by Benito Toscano - Guzman PAP Bio P6


  • To observe the placement of organs and their relationships to one another.

Background Information

  • The scientific name of a Perch is, Perca.
  • The majority of the Perch family tend to live in habitats with cool water and an unsilted bottom.
  • Bigger fish tend to be the ones that eat the Perch, while Perch mostly eat algae and plankton.
  • One adaptation a Perch has is the operculum, which protects the gills.

This is cladogram that includes the the perch in it.


  • Perches deposit their eggs on underwater vegetation and wood.
  • Perches like to go around the light and feed on organisms that are attracted to the light.
  • They hatch in about two weeks.
  • It takes about one to three years to mature.

Nima and I with our Perch that we mutilated shortly there after.

Perch with fins and the operculum labeled.

A video that shows the internal and external anatomy of a perch.

Bony Fish (Perch) Anatomy

Respiratory organs of a perch.

The Circulatory System of a Perch

The Circulatory System of a Perch consists of mainly the heart, the gills, and the veins. The gills are used to breathe in the oxygen through the water. The heart is used to pump the blood that has been oxidized by the inhaled oxygen. And finally, the veins are used to transport the oxidized blood to all the bodily cells to provide them with the oxygen needed for life.

This project is going to end with pictures of our mutilated fish.