Students will label the external features of a bony fish.
This lesson uses the fish print created in the Lesson: Gyotaku. Alternatively, if students have not completed the Lesson: Gyotaku or have used their fish print for another activity, a range of images of fish are available.
This lesson requires students to have access to non-fiction books on fish and/or the internet.
Student worksheet: External fish anatomy – West Australian dhufish
Student worksheet: External fish anatomy – Pink snapper
Student worksheet: External fish anatomy – Barramundi
Student worksheet: External fish anatomy – Wahoo
Student worksheet: External fish anatomy – King George whiting
Western Australian curriculum
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- Provide students with their Gyotaku print, or with a copy of Student Worksheet: External Fish Anatomy (for your chosen species).
- Engage students in a discussion about, or provide students with books and/or access to the internet to find out about, the external features of a fish.
- Allow time for students to label the following on their diagram:
- Common name, e.g. Australian herring.
- Scientific name, e.g. Arripis georgianus
- External features of the fish:
- Dorsal fin
- Pectoral fin
- Lateral line
- Caudal fin
- Gill cover
- Ventral (Pelvic) fin
- Anal fin
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Recreational fishing identification guide, http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/occasional_publications/fop103.pdf
Allen, G., 2004, Marine fishes of tropical Australia and south-east Asia, 3rd edn, Western Australian Museum, Perth.
Department of Fisheries, Western Australian recreational fishing rules, http://rules.fish.wa.gov.au/?utm_source=dof-website&utm_medium=website-promo&utm_campaign=recreational-rules
Hutchins, B. & Thompson, M., 2001, The marine and estuarine fishes of south-western Australia, Western Australia Museum, Perth.
Prokop, F., 2006. Australian Fish Guide. Australian Fishing Network. Victoria, Australia.