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Melanotaenia synergos  Allen & Unmack, 2008

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes (Silversides) > Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Etymology: Melanotaenia: Greek, melan, -anos = black + latin, taenia = stripe (Ref. 45335);  synergos: Named for Synergos Institute, founded by Peggy Dulany, on its twentieth anniversary; noun in apposition.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic; depth range 0 - 3 m (Ref. 74958).   Tropical

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Asia: Indonesia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74958)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 4 - 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 114; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 19 - 22. This rainbowfish is distinguished by the following set of characters: D IV to VI-I,11-14; A I,19-22; pectoral rays 13 or 14; lateral scales 31-33 (often 33); colour generally brownish on back (blue in life), pale tan or whitish below with blackish (bluish black in life) midlateral stripe from upper edge of preopercle to caudal-fin base, covering about one and a half scale rows for most of its length and more strongly contrasted in males (Ref. 74958).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits narrow (to about 15-20 m wide), clear rivers with gradual gradients flowing initially through second growth forest, but entering primary, nearly closed canopy forest after about 1 km upstream from the sea. Collected from deeper pools (to about 2-3 m) over limestone cobble/-gravel bottoms with slow to moderate flow rates; temperature of 25.5° and pH 8.7 (Ref. 74958).

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Allen, G.R. and P.J. Unmack, 2008. A new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae: Melanotaenia), from Batanta Island, Western New Guinea. Aqua Int. J. Ichthyol. 13(3-4):109-120. (Ref. 74958)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 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. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .