NEON: The Discovery of the 1st Neon Tetra – Paracheirodon innesi

By Heiko Bleher

In 1934 the Frenchman August Rabaut, hunting for caimans and butterflies in the Amazon jungle near the Brazilian town of Tabatinga, received from an Tukano Indian woman in a Calabash, near a small creek a tiny fish whose coloration resembled the beautiful iridescent Morpho butterflies. The posterior part of its body was a bright carmine red, and the overall effect of its colors reminiscent of a neon light. Rabaut brought a few of these fishes back to France alive – one of the most noteworthy events in the history of the aquarium hobby…

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