Chromosomes of fish
Genes display the mechanism of inheritance and chromosomesdetermine these mechnisms, thus according to W.S. Sutton(1902) the chromosomes provide the physical basis of heredity.
The chromosomes are named from the fact that they can bestained preferentially with certain dyes.
They appear thread-like at certain times and are known to becomposed of linear complexes of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA),the genetic material proper, and histone proteins which arebelieved to have a supporting or structural role.
The number of chromosomes per cell is characterstics of aspecies although in fish some variation can be observedbetween members of the same species and even between cellsin one fish.