The Inle Lake in Burma has a high proportion of endemic fish species, i.e. fish that occur exclusively there. One of them is Inlecypris auropurpureus, a Danio with vertical stripes on a golden band. The number and shape of the stripes are slightly different for each individual. Inlecypris is closely related to the species placed in Devario and has at times even been declared a synonym for Devario; however, most scientists do not follow this at present.
Regarding the aquarium care, Inlecypris auropurpureus is very undemanding. It is a very peaceful schooling fish, that should not be cared for in too small aquariums, so that its swimming-arts can be observed. The maximum-length of the species amounts to 8-10 cm, however only rarely animals over 5 cm of length are found in nature.
For our customers: the fish have code 421822 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer