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The globe eye is comparatively rare in UK. It is now the only long-finned twintail
for which the standard calls for a forked tail, as the oranda standard now calls
for an unforked tail (as in the veiltail). The UK colour standard for metallic
fish is self-coloured black, although self-coloured red fish are popular in
other parts of the world and are occasionally seen in UK. The other colour group
seen is calico fish, as illustrated below.
Globe eyes are called dragon eyes in the Far East, and first appeared around
1592. They are called telescope eyes in USA.
The globe eye standard is as follows:
- Depth of body to be greater than 2/3rds of body length
- Eyes to be projecting from the surface of the head
- Dorsal fin to be single, all other fins to be paired, caudal fin to be divided
- Trailing edge of caudal fin to have a fork of 1/4 to 3/8ths of fin length
- Minimum length of caudal fin to be 3/4 of body length
- Extremities of fins to have a pointed appearance
The fish should be bright and alert with the dorsal fin carried erect. The
body should be short with a smooth outline. The caudal fin should be well divided.
The eyes should be prominent and well matched. Good quality fish will have high
colour intensity extending into the fins.
Note that the eyes are not the same type as on the broadtail moor, they should
be truncated cones, not spherical.
The colour may be metallic or calico:
- Metallic fish should be black only, without a trace of brown or silver,
and with the pigmentation extending throughout the finnage giving a velvet
- Calico fish should have a blue background with patches of violet, red, orange,
yellow and brown, spotted with black
Ideal profiles are illustrated below:
Young and adult globe eyes
Young adult red metallic globe eye with very fine self-colouration (BAS 2003).
Left: young calico globe eyes (breeder's team of four, BAS 1999). Right: large, mature adult variegated red-white metallic globe eye (BAS 2002).
Chinese red-white metallic globe eyes: young fish on the left with jikin-style colouration and large, broad-finned adult on the right. (Photographed in Hong Kong, 2003).
Young adult globe eyes, calico colouration
This fish was shown at BAS 2001; it is a fine shape but ideally could have
more colouration on the body and particularly on the head.
Chinese calico globe eyes with nice, rounded finnage, very similar in size and shape to the British fish above. (The British standard calls for a taller dorsal and longer, more pointed pectoral, pelvic and anal fins as in the veiltail). (Hong Kong, 2003).
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