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); flavipinnis: Named flavipinnis (latin: yellow fin) with reference to the yellow colour of the dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins (Ref. 094793)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Indonsesia; known only from the southeastern portion of the island of Misool in two drainage systems, Garn River and Ifaupan Creek (Ref. 094793).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94793); 7.7 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 4 - 6;
soft rays: 22 - 26. Diagnosis: distinguished by the following combination of characters: dorsal rays usually V or VI-I, 11 to 14 (usually 13); anal-rays I,22-26 (usually 23 to 25); pectoral-rays 12 to 14 ( usually 14); lateral scales 34-36 (usually 35 or 36), predorsal scales 16 to 19 (usually 17 or 18); circumpeduncular scales 12 or 13; total gill rakers on 1st arch 16 to 19 ( usually 18 or 19); total scales covering preoperculum 11-16 (average 13.2); origin of 1st dorsal-fin clearly anterior to anal-fin origin; longest anal-fin ray conspicuously greater than caudal peduncle depth; greatest body depth of adult male relatively slender, 2.8-3.3 in SL; colour in life generally greenish dorsally with faint yellow stripe between each horizontal scale row; prominent midlateral blue stripe on posterior half of body, initially one scale row in width, but expanding to 2 rows (midlateral and row just below) on caudal peduncle; median fins generally yellow, except caudal fin greyish brown (Ref. 094793).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., R.K. Hadiaty and P.J. Unmack, 2014. Melanotaenia flavipinnis, a new species of Rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) fromm Misool Island, West Papua Province, Indonesia. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 20(1):35-52. (Ref. 94793)
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) .