There are now quite a number of different colour forms of this popular fancy goldfish. We have selected four of the most popular varieties as examples of the oranda’s form. (Not shown is the original red coloured fish). The outstanding feature is that of the cranial growth – its “crown”. This knobbly appearance and extension to the head is not apparent in young fish, and the full development is not completed in the maturing fish before about three years of age. Other varieties have this same kind of growth and it is not a feature unique to the Oranda. They also share the globular body, paired anal fins and a fully divided twin caudal fin (both requirements for show quality fish). A dorsal fin easily identifies the Oranda from the Lionhead, for instance. Some authorities prefer to class the Red Cap Oranda as a different variety, and term it “Sealhead”.