Koi Varieties

Koi Varieties

A Brief List of Varieties

Varieties of KOI

Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream. While the possible colors are virtually limitless, breeders have identified and named a number of specific categories. The most notable category is Gosanke, which is made up of the Kohaku, Taisho Sanshoku, and Showa Sanshoku varieties.

New koi varieties are still being actively developed. Ghost koi developed in the 1980s have become very popular in the United Kingdom; they are a hybrid of wild carp and Ogon koi, and are distinguished by their metallic scales. Butterfly koi (also known as longfin koi, or dragon carp), also developed in the 1980s, are notable for their long and flowing fins. They are hybrids of koi with Asian carp. Butterfly koi and ghost koi are considered by some to be not true nishikigoi.[citation needed]

The major named varieties include:

Kohaku – Taisho Sanke – Showa Sanke – Tanchō – Chagoi – Asagi – Utsurimono – Bekko – Goshiki – Shūsui – Kinginrin – Kawarimono – Ōgon – Kumonryū – Ochiba – Koromo – Hikari-moyomono – Kikokuryū – Kin-Kikokuryū – Ghost koi -Butterfly koi – Doitsu-goi

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