Image: Dissection of a Bluespotted Flathead - Gills

Dissection of a Bluespotted Flathead - Gills

The gills of a fish are usually made up of filaments, arches and rakers.  The filaments are the obvious red structures in the image.  The arch is the boomerang-shaped structure that supports the filaments.  The rakers project from the opposite side of the arch from the filaments.  Learn more about these structures.

Mark McGrouther
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Tags Ichthyology, Dissection, Bluespotted Flathead, Gills, Platycephalus caeruleopunctatus, Platycephalidae, fishes,