Dracula Fish Found in Borneo?

The title is misleading, really. The fish, is not found in Borneo, but rather in Burma or Myanmar. I don’t know how some people could confuse Borneo and Burma.

Photo: National Geographic

The tiny species of fish, so-named because of its Dracula-like teeth, was found in 2007 a stream in northern Burma or Myanmar as the country is known among its Southeast Asian neighbours.

However, it was only officially described as a new species recently.

Dr Ralf Britz, a zoologist at the Natural History Museum, in London, described the transparent creature as “extraordinary.”

“The teeth that Danionella dracula has are very surprising because none of the other 3,700 species in the Cypriniform group have any teeth in their jaws,” he said.

“In fact, they lost their jaw teeth about 50 million years ago in the Upper Eocene Period.

“Danionella dracula, however, evolved its own Dracula-like teeth structures by growing them from the jaw bones rather than re-evolving jaw teeth.”

The find is published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

If you are interested to know more about the research into this tiny fish, here is the full text, titled “Spectacular morphological novelty in a miniature cyprinid fish, Danionella dracula n. sp.”

A brief but comprehensive information about the fish can be found here.

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