Perch Dissection Lab Pre-Ap Biology

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Perches are a type of fish who also goes by Perca which is an early Greek name, and even flavescens from a Latin meaning "becoming gold colored". They belong to the Animalia kingdom under phylum Chordata and subphylum Vertebrata. Perches travels in groups in often sets of hundreds, they are also the bottom feeders who would eat mostly anything.


We will be observing the placement of the organs and their relationship to one another by a hands on dissection lab.

Perch Dissection Tutorial

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Dissection Tools & Materials

Circulatory System

The circulatory system of the perch is a typical low pressure single type system in which the heart is a single pump and there is a single circuit of blood flow. Venous (deoxygenated) blood from the body is pumped through the heart forward to the gills. From the gills, where it is oxygenated, the blood goes directly to the body. The blood makes a single circuit during which it is pumped, oxygenated, and distributed to the body, before it returns to the heart. This pattern of circulation the heart pumps only deoxygenated blood.
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