Glowlight Danio By Two Names, The Same?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by AbrielleRose, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. AbrielleRose

    AbrielleRoseNew MemberMember

    I'm looking into getting glowlight danios. The ones I have been researching are called celestichthys choprae. My local fish store says they can order danio choprae. Are they the same fish by two different names?
  2. KinsKicks

    KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, they are the same. "Celestichthys" is the specific epithet of the species and is just the scientific "adjective" to the fish. The "Danio" name is the less "scientific" general name that they applied I'm assuming they called to make it easier to order (I can imagine that most people don't really know what "celestichthys" is, but they know what a "Danio" is!)

    Hope this helps!
  3. OP

    AbrielleRoseNew MemberMember

    Thank you!
  4. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    That analysis of the names is incorrect. Celestichthys and Danio are both Genus names, and both have been used with the species, choprae. The common name of Danio comes from the Genus name. Currently the valid scientific name is Danio choprae. For hobbyists, it's easier to just remember the Glowlight Danio common name, not to be confused with GloFish Danios. A relatively easy species to keep, but supposedly maxes out about an inch and a quarter. I had a group that was at least a half inch longer than that. It is an elegantly colored fish. They are very active, just what one would expect from Danios. Unfortunately I did not try to breed them, and they were sold at an auction as I needed the tank space. In retrospect, a major error on my part.
  5. OP

    AbrielleRoseNew MemberMember

    I'm currently using my quarantine tank. These guys will be next to go in.