In September of 2006 word of a beautiful new fish began circulating the Internet. The beauty of this fish was such that many believed the photo of it had been doctored. This was the discovery of what we now call the Celestial Pearl Danio.
The first examples of these fish were found in a small spring fed pond not far from the town of Hopong, located in the mountainous regions of Myanmar on the outskirts of the Shan state capitol of Taunggyi. This war torn area had been off-limits to westerners for many years.
Originally known as the Galaxy Rasbora that was changed in February of 2007 by Tyson R. Roberts with his formal discription of the species. He suggested a new common name for the fish since his discovery of a family relationship between the fish and the family of fish known as danionins. The name Celestial Pearl Danio was born. Roberts said he coined the name since the scientific name Celestichthys margaritatus translates to "heavenly fish adorned with pearls." In 2008 the scientific name was changed to Danio margaritatus while the trade or common name remained Celestial Pearl Danio.
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