Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi Allen, 1981
Lake Tebera rainbowfish
Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi
photo by Macaraig, J.M.

Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Max. size:  9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 7.5 - 7.80000019073486; dH range: 10
Distribution:  Oceania: known mainly from the Lake Tebera basin in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. A single specimen has been collected at Karamui, 38 km north of the lake.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-16; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 17-25
Biology:  Inhabits highland lakes and streams (793 m) surrounded by steep mountains (1200-1500 m).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 06 December 2019 (D2) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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