MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: DO Goldfish have teeth?

Date: Mon Apr 2 14:01:19 2001
Posted By: John Franklin Rawls, graduate student, Developmental Biology, Washington University
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 985994691.Zo

Goldfish do not have nice teeth like the ones you and I have in our mouths, 
but they do have small bony tooth-like structures fused to their jaws, 
pharynx (works to grind up the food before entering the esophagus), and 
gill rakers (bony structures next to the gills that help to catch food that 
comes through the mouth) which serve similar functions.

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