Domain: Eukarya - all members have a nucleus and membrane bound organelles

Kingdom: Animalia - They are

eukaryotic, multicellular, heterotrophic, lack cell walls and

are motile.

Phylum: Chordata - all chordates have bilateral symmetry in turn they are also very cephalized. The have a segmented body, they are triploblastic with coelom and have a complete digestive track.

Class: Actinopterygil - this grouping includes ray-finned fishes, spiny rayed fishes that have webs of skin supported by bony spines, and have a complex skeleton made of true bone.

Fathead Minnow

Order: Cypriniformes - this grouping includes minnows

and suckers which are soft-finned mainly freshwater fishes which typically have toothless jaws and cycloid scales.

Family: Cyprindae - meaning carps, this includes carps and minnows which are freshwater fish that typically have a fairly elongate body, a single            

dorsal fin without true spines, a forked tail fin, ve
Cycloid fin of silver carp - you can find out the age of the carp by the number of rings like on a tree
ntral fins in the abdominal position, and no teeth on their jaws.

Genus: Hypophthalmichthys - bighead carps is a genus of cyprindid fish consisting of three species. The name comes from Greek πό, (hypó) "below"; φθαλμός (ophthalmó
s), "eye"; χθς (ichthŷs), "fish", thus "fish with eyes below" referring to the fact that the fish has its eyes below the mouth line.

Species: Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Picture above shows a bighead carp (top) and silver carp (bottom)


What does the classification mean?


Carp Classification

Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygil

Order: Cypriniformes

Family: Cyprindae

Genus: Hypophthalmichthys

Species: Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

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