Latin name

Tanichthys albonubes

Other names

Tanichthys albonubes


Body elongated in length, slender, slightly flattened at the sides in front. Muzzle blunt, lips thin, lower jaw slightly protruding forward, moustache absent. The mouth is set high.   

Features of fish fins

Dorsal spines (total): 2-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-7; Anal spines: 3; anal soft rays: 7-9. Dorsal fin short, anal fin, pectoral and pelvic fins small. Pelvic shield absent.

Fish colouring

The back is dark brown with a greenish tinge, the sides are brown and the belly is silvery white. In terms of colouration,  is similar to the Paracheirodon. In juveniles, when they reach a length of 4-5 mm, a shiny blue stripe appears on the side, which disappears when they reach sexual maturity (i.e. when the fish is 2-3 cm long).


Asia: China and Vietnam. Considered extinct in the wild. Introduced elsewhere.


Freshwater, bottom dwelling, tropical species. Occurs in clear coastal streams with slow currents between hydrophytes. Can survive in water temperatures as low as 5°C. 


Size up to 4 cm. Normal length: 2.1 cm.


In groups of 5 or more.

Food and feeding habits

It feeds on zooplankton and detritus. 


Sexual dimorphism is weakly expressed, the male being more slender than the female. Pre-spawning behaviour (under artificial conditions) is expressed in the division of the territory of the aquarium males. Attracted by the male, the female lays eggs. Fecundity for spawning is low, spawning is prolonged. 


When actively caught for aquarium purposes, these fish are completely wiped out in their natural habitat.

Relationship with a person

Harmless. This aquarium fish is very mobile and unpretentious.

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Cypriniformes
Family Cyprinidae
Genus Tanichthys
Species T. albonubes
Conservation status Data Deficient
Habitat Bottom
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg No information
Maximum length, cm 4
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Not edible
Way of eating Planktonophage

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