A Tiny Fish Loud as a Gunshot

Pitamber Kaushik


In the murky rapids of streams running down the southern and eastern slopes of the Bago Yoma Range in Central Myanmar lives a minuscule marvel of the aquatic world — Danionella cerebrum, a species so tiny that it could rest comfortably on the tip of a finger. A study published in the PNAS describes that despite its diminutive size, the unassuming fish possesses an extraordinary ability to produce sounds louder than a gunshot.

Discovered in 2021 within the turbid low-altitude streams of the Bago Yoma mountain range and found in an irrigation canal near Hmawbi, a township just northwest of Yangon, this species swiftly captured the attention of researchers due to its unique attributes. Measuring a mere…read more on NOPR