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Oryzias woworae is a small, remarkably colorful ricefish, described in 2010 from a freshwater habitat on Muna Island off the southeastern coast of the main island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Its brilliant red and blue color pattern has already attracted attention from conservation biologists and aquarists (See link, below). Reaching a maximum size of 28 mm (just over one inch) Standard Length, it is the smallest known ricefish from Sulawesi, a large, geologically complex island in the Indo-Australian Archipelago (Parenti and Hadiaty, 2010). It's common name in English is "Daisy's Ricefish" in honor of the collector of the new species and the person for whom it is named, Dr. Daisy Wowor, an Indonesian crustacean biologist. More photos and a report of its being bred in the aquarium trade are available here.

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