Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Danioninae
Etymology: Danionella: Vernacular name fron India and Sri Lanka; diminutive; dracula: Named in reference to the long tooth-like fangs in the jaws in males. This is inspired by Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel. A noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: stream near Sha Du Zup in northern Myanmar.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81221)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 36 - 37. Differs from its congeners, Danionella translucida and Danionella mirifica, in having the following characters: a single bone in the upper jaw (versus two); a single row of 6-13 odontoid processes in males on the dorsal surface of the dentary and on the ventral surface of the upper jaw, the anteriormost processes of which are large and canine-like
(versus absence of processes); absence of maxillary-mandibular cartilage (versus presence); the possession of 7C8, 8C7 or 8C8 principal caudal fin rays (versus 9C9), dorsal procurrent rays 3-4 (versus 5-6) and ventral procurrent rays 2-3 (versus 4-6) (Ref. 81221).
Inhabits small stream (Ref. 81221).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Britz, R., K.W. Conway and L. Rüber, 2009. Spectacular morphological novelty in a miniature cyprinid fish, Danionella dracula n. sp. Proc. Royal Soc. 276:2179-2186. (Ref. 81221)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00575 (0.00267 - 0.01239), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .