Perched and Ready to Swim

The Circulatory System for the Perch, Will Medina, Ms. Vu

Objective

The objective of the perch dissection was to figure out the placement of the perch’s circulatory system and how those parts worked together. Today, we will swim into seeing how all that stuff actually works.

Background Information

Scientific Name: Perca flavescens

Habitat: lakes, ponds, and rivers

Predators: Walleye, Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill. Herons, eagles, hawks, kingfishers.

Prey: algae, plankton, and aquatic insects

Niche: Help to control other populations of aquatic animals.

Adaptions: scales and dorsal fins with spines to make it easier to swim

What Makes up the Circulatory System of a Perch

  1. Artery- carries blood around fish
  2. Gill Capillaries- organ that extracts oxygen from water
  3. Heart –muscular organ helping blood to circulate
  4. Atrium- upper chambers of the heart that receive blood and turns it into the ventricles

Pictures and Video of the Perch

Bony Fish (Perch) Anatomy

Interesting Facts and More

Interesting Facts

  • Perch's live in fresh water
  • Perch's come in many different colors Ex: White, Yellow, Red
  • Their mature length is around 19 inches
  • They can weigh to around 8 ounces to 1 pound.
  • Contain small teeth
  • Contain elongated markings around the body

Taxonomy and The Perch

The Kingdom is-Animalia, Phylum-Chordata, Class-Actinopterygii, Order-Perciformes, Family-Percidae, Genus-Perca