Melanotaenia ericrobertsi Allen, Unmack & Hadiaty, 2014
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Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Max. size:  5.21 cm SL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: currently known only from the vicinity of Suswa Village, which is situated in the foothills of the Tamrau Mountains at an elevation of about 176 m, approximately 120 km east of the city of Sarong (Ref. 119199).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: -1; Anal soft rays: 23-27. Diagnosis: a species of melanotaeniid rainbowfish distinguished by the following combination of characters: dorsal rays IV to VI + I, 13-16 ( usually V + 1,14 or 15); anal rays 1,23-27 (usually 25 or 26); pectoral rays 13-15 ( usually 14 or 15); lateral scales 37-39 (usually 38); transverse scales 9 or 10; predorsal scales 17-19; circumpeduncular scales 12 or 13; total gill rakers on first arch 15-19 (usually 17 or 18); total scales covering preoperculum 12- 16 (mean 14.1); origins of first dorsal and anal fins about level; greatest body depth of adult male about 2.7-3.1 in SL; colour of adult male in life generally mauve to pale yellowish with orange stripe between each scale row on side of body; blackish zone on lower 2/3 of caudal peduncle and adjacent body above last few anal rays; blackish patch immediately behind pectoral-fin base; pelvic and median fins reddish with narrow white margin on dorsal fins (Ref. 119199).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Hennyey, Andrea - 04.12.18

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