Lionhead and Ranchu

These varieties are the same in many respects. The Japanese Ranchu is a more recent development from the Lionhead, and is distinguished by the sharp down-turn of the back part of the body, just above where the caudal peduncle meets the caudal fin. Both varieties lack any sign of a dorsal fin, and the back must be perfectly smooth, without any lumps or distortion. A “Crown” is an essential feature of both varieties, in the same way as it is for the Oranda.

Red Ranchu (carassius auratus)

Red Ranchu (carassius auratus)

Red & White Lionhead (carassius auratus)

Red & White Lionhead (carassius auratus)