matsuba koi are a sub-variety of koi that are all single-coloured koi with a black net-like reticulation pattern, some Matsuba varieties, such as Gin Matsuba and Kin Matsuba, are metallic koi while other Matsuba varieties, such as Ki Matsuba and Shiro Matsuba are non-metallic koi.
Matt-scaled Matsuba are grouped in Kawarimono, but their metallic equivalents are benched Hikarimuji. The most commonly available are Kin Matsuba (metallic gold, first produced in 1960) and the Gin Matsuba, its silver equivalent.
Orenji Matsuba and Aka Matsuba Ogon are not often seen. The pinecone scalation must be pronounced; if the black is more of a gray, these koi look washed-out.
Beginners are often confused by the Doitsu Matsuba Ogon, as the scale reticulation is not present. Instead, the black, German scales are aligned in the usual position, where they contrast sharply with the metallic body.
Orange Doitsu Ogon, although rare, are particularly striking. They are also known as Mizuho (“Rice Ear”) Ogon.
Ogon are important fish in their own right, but have also been instrumental in the development of many other metallic koi varieties in Hikari Utsuri and Hikarimoyo.
It is a one colored metallic koi with dark pigment on the scales.
This variety is in the Hikari Muji class and is considered one color regardless of the contrasting scales.
KIN MATSUBA are orange-red metallic skin, GIN MATSUBA are platinum based.
Aka Matsuba Red koi with dark scale reticulation
Doitsu-Koi with no scales other
than enlarged scales along the lateral line and two lines running either side of the dorsal fin
Fuji -Metallic luster with tiny bubbles
Gin Matsuba – Metallic silver with pinecone scalation
Higoi – Red koi
Hikarimoyo Class for all
multicolored metallic koi except Utsuri and Showa
Hikarimuji-Class for single colored metallic koi
Hikari Utsuri – Class for metallic Utsuri and Showa
Kawarimono-Class for all nonmetallic koi not included in any other group
Kigoi Nonmetallic lemon-yellow koi
Kol with highly reflective gold and/ or silver scales
Kin Matsuba Metallic gold koi with pinecone scalation
Matsubagoi Koi with black
N centers to scales giving a pinecone appearance
Mizuho (“Rice-ear”) Ogon ~ Another name for Orange Doitsu Ogon
Nezu (“Mouse”) Ogon Dull metallic, grayish silver koi
Single-colored metallic koi
Platinum Ogon Metallic white koi (also known as Purachina)
Purachina Metallic white koi
(also known as Platinum Ogon)
Shimi Undesirable individual dark brown or black scales on otherwise blemish-free areas of ground color
Yamabuki Ogon Yellow-gold Ogon
Different types of Matsuba koi
Aka Matsuba, unlike Gin and Kin Matsuba, are nonmetallic koi and grouped in Kawarimono. It is rarely seen nowadays, but good examples have crimson scales with the typical “pinecone” dark reticulation. This variety can grow to a huge size.
For those who like their Hikarimuji full-on, the Orange (Orenji) Ogon is the fish to buy. Looming up from the depths of the pond, it makes an instant impact upon visitors. Stunted pectoral fins, a common Ogon fault, are not a problem in this fine example.
The slight “pinecone” effect on these scales is not true Matsuba patterning, but is caused by variations in the thickness of the reflective pigment.
Rare Kin Matsuba
HOW MANY COLORS HERE?
A rather rare Kin Hi Matsuba. This example is spoiled by dark nostrils and eye patches, but the pinecone scalation is even and well-defined. Most would consider this a two-colored koi, but not, apparently, the Japanese.
Gin Matsuba has a white base color The term Gin Matsuba (GEEN maht-SOO-bah) translates as ‘silver pinecone’ and describes exactly what this fish looks like! A Gin Matsuba koi is a metallic shiro (white) koi with deep, dark reticulation in its scales. The metallic shiro gives the fish a silvery appearance while the reticulation gives the Matsuba variety its recognizable pinecone, or net-like, appearance.
Kin Matsuba (literally ‘golden pine needles,’ for individual, glittering scales appearing like raised markings)”, and “Gin Matsuba
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