Short Tail Pearlscale
The most commonly seen sub-varieties in Asia is the Malayan short tail pearl - the pride of the Ipoh goldfish farmers from Malaysia. Locals like to refer them as the "go-li" (marble ball), golf-ball, ping-pong ball or the "tikus" (mouse in Malay dialect) pearlscale. This very unique variety breeds true with a very small head, rounded body and a short tail. Although they seldom grow to a big size, they are cute little fellows that look like clumsy variegated balls.
The crown pearlscale (the Japanese call them the Hamanishiki) is perhaps the most famous of the pearl variety. Created by crossing the pearlscale with the oranda and debut in the 80s, this variety exhibits a majestic rounded body with either a single or double crown. It can attain a size of more than 11 inches in an optimal environment.
Pearlscale can be found in all kinds of colors including red, purple, black, calico, brown, and red/white combinations.