Rasboroides vaterifloris

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Rasboroides vaterifloris
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Subfamily: Danioninae
Genus: Rasboroides
Species: R. vaterifloris
Binomial name
Rasboroides vaterifloris
(Deraniyagala, 1930)
  • Rasbora vaterifloris Deraniyagala, 1930
  • Rasbora vaterifloris ruber Deraniyagala, 1958
  • Rasbora vaterifloris typica Deraniyagala, 1958
  • Rasbora vaterifloris rubioculis Deraniyagala, 1958

Rasboroides vaterifloris, known as the pearly rasbora, vateria flower rasbora or fire rasbora, is a species of freshwater cyprinid fish endemic to Sri Lanka. It can be found in the cool, shallow waters of shaded, slow-flowing clear streams with a silt substrate. It also prefers areas with plentiful leaf debris. Its diet consists of detritus and terrestrial insects. This species can reach a length of 4 centimetres (1.6 in) TL. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[1]

R. vaterifloris was formerly believed to be the only species in the genus and found in several river basins. A study in 2013 found that it was restricted to the Kalu River basin, with related species inhabiting other basins.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Rasboroides vaterifloris" in FishBase. October 2013 version.
  2. ^ Batuwita, Sudesh; de Silva, M.; Edirisinghe, U. (November 2013). "A review of the danionine genera Rasboroides and Horadandia (Pisces: Cyprinidae), with description of a new species from Sri Lanka". Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters. 24 (2): 121–140.