Celestial Pearl Danio Danio/Celestichthys margaritatus

Celestial Pearl Danio
Celestial Pearl Danio
Celestial Pearl Danio
The Celestial Pearl Danio is also called the Galaxy Rasbora, both after its stars-in-the-sky body pattern, but it is not a true rasbora and was misnamed early on before being placed with danios. It was discovered by western science only in 2006 when Myanmar became more accessible to westerners. It is native to a few plant-filled, spring-fed ponds and ricefields in a mountainous area. It grows to only just under an inch (2.4cm) long but, despite its small size and attractive looks, it is a local (human) food source. The wild population has suffered from collection for the aquarium trade.