|This Indian glassy fish, Parambassis ranga, has been "painted" by injection with pink dye|
The Asiatic glassfishes are a family, Ambassidae, of freshwater and marine fishes in the order Perciformes. The species in the family are native to Asia, Oceania, the Indian Ocean, and the western Pacific Oceans. The family includes eight genera and about 50 species.
The family was formerly known as Chandidae, a name which ITIS continues to use. FishBase notes that Ambassidae, which was named by Klunzinger in 1870, has priority over Chandidae, which was created by Fowler in 1905.
The largest species reaches a maximum size of about 26 cm (10 in). Many of the species are noted for their transparent or semi-transparent bodies.
A number of species are used as aquarium fish, noted for their transparent bodies. The Indian glassy fish, Parambassis ranga, is sometimes injected with coloured dyes by dealers in Thailand. The process, known as painting, dyeing, or juicing fish, is strongly opposed by many in the aquarium community. UK-based aquarium publication Practical Fishkeeping has been campaigning since 1997 to stop the trade in these fish, and runs a global register of stores which have pledged not to stock them. More than half of the UK's aquarium shops have signed up and the fish are now less common in the UK as a result.
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