Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Melanotaeniidae
(Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Etymology: Melanotaenia: Greek, melan, -anos = black + latin, taenia = stripe (Ref. 45335); patoti: Named in recognition for its first collector W. F. Tissot van Patot who visited the Aru islands in 1907.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 8.0 - ?. Tropical; 28°C - ? (Ref. 110723)
Asia: Trangan Island, Aru Islands in Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 110723); 8.1 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 5 - 6;
soft rays: 20 - 21. Melanotaenia patoti is distinguished by the following combination of characters: V-VI-I,11-12 dorsal-fin rays; I,20- 21 anal-fin rays; 15 pectoral-fin rays; 33-34 scales on lateral line, 16-17 predorsal scales; 12-14 cheek scales; 16-18 total gill rakers on first arch 16-18; greatest body depth of adult male 36.9 % SL; colour in life generally greenish brown to bluish, grading to silvery white ventrally with series of orange-red stripes on side of body (Ref. 110723).
Inhabits creeks with slow flowing water and soft, muddy bottom with abundant aquatic vegetation and leaf and log litter (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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass 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 (35 of 100) .