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Wed 28 Feb 2007

The Celestial Danio, a highly anticipated species description by Tyson Roberts

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The highly anticipated taxonomic description of the 'celestial' danio (aka Microrasbora 'Galaxy') is brought to you by the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Roberts, T. R., 2007. The "Celestial Pearl Danio", a new genus and species of colourful minute cyprinid fish from Myanmar (Pisces: Cypriniformes). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 55(1): 131-140. Click to download the 4.6 MB pdf.

This is incredibly colourful fish from Myanmar now has a scientific name. When this fish first appeared on the Internet forums, many thought that this fish was the result of an ardent Photoshopper. This fish caught the fish keeping world by storm with many people clamouring to get their hands on this elusive fish.

Tyson Roberts, who was visiting the museum last year, rushed to complete the description of this beautiful but now presumably endangered fish.

In his paper, he highlighted the critical situation of the fish - it is critically over-collected in the type locality which has also largely destroyed the habitat. He made and impassioned plea for aquarists to control and maintain this fish through the trade via artificial breeding rather than buying stock from the wild.

By Tan Swee Hee, Managing Editor, The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

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