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); multiradiata: Named multiradiata (Latin: many rays) with reference to the relatively high number of pectoral-fin rays (Ref. 119199)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: currently known only from Sisiah Creek near Moswaren Village, which lies about 25 km east of the town of Teminabuan, near the south coast of the Birds Head region of West Papua, Indonesia (Ref. 119199).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 119199)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 5 - 7;
soft rays: 23 - 26. Diagnosis: A species of melanotaeniid rainbowfish distinguished by the following combination of characters: dorsal rays IV-VI + I, 14-17 ( usually V + I, 15); anal rays I,23-26 (rarely 23); pectoral rays 14-17 (usually 15 or 16); lateral scales 37-38; transverse scales 9; predorsal scales 17-19; circumpeduncular scales 12 or 13; total gill rakers on 1st arch 16-19 ( usually 17 or 18); total scales covering preoperculum 13-17 (mean 15.8); origin of 1st dorsal fin usually about eye diameter behind level of anal-fin origin, but occasionally level of dorsal and anal-fin origins about even; greatest body depth of adult male 2.7-3.2 in SL; colour in life generally bluish green to yellowish, grading to white ventrally; mid-lateral dark stripe usually present, broader and more prominent on posterior half of body; dorsal fins with dark submarginal stripe and pale outer margin (Ref. 119199).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., P.J. Unmack and R.K. Hadiaty, 2014. Three new species of Rainbowfishes (Melanotaeniidae) from the Birds Head Peninsula, West Papua Province, Indonesia. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 20(3):139-158. (Ref. 119199)
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 ±0.3 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
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .