Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Melanotaeniidae
(Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Etymology: Melanotaenia: Greek, melan, -anos = black + latin, taenia = stripe (Ref. 45335); wokamensis: Named for its type locality, the Wokam Island.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Sungai Tunguwatu in Wokam Island, Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 110723); 5.9 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 4 - 6;
soft rays: 18 - 22. Melanotaenia wokamensis is distinguished by the following combination of characters: IV-VI-I,11-14 dorsal-fin rays; I,18-22 anal-fin rays; 12-14 (usually 13) pectoral-fin rays; 33-35 (rarely 35) scales on lateral line, 14-16 predorsal scales; 11-17 cheek scales; 15-17 total gill rakers on first arch; greatest body depth of adult male 34.4 % SL; color in life generally light blue on back with metallic reflections; dark blue midlateral stripe (1-2 scales wide), bordered with bold, relatively broad reddish to orange stripes; ventral portion of body greyish-white except bold dark-blue margins on
scales above anal fin and large, bright blue patch just behind and below pectoral-fin base; second dorsal and anal fins bluish with broad, reddish outer margin; caudal fin semitranslucent reddish (Ref. 110723).
Inhabits streams that are typically narrow (about 3-5 m average width) limestone channels flowing through rainforest. Most common in deeper pools up to 1.5-2.0 m depth below the numerous cascades and small waterfalls (Ref. 110723).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., R.K. Hadiaty, P.J. Unmack and M.V. Erdmann, 2015. Rainbowfishes (Melanotaenia: Melanotaeniidae) of the Aru Islands, Indonesia with descriptions of five new species and redescription of M. patoti Weber and M. senckenbergianus Weber. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 21(2):66-108. (Ref. 110723)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .