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Melanotaenia multiradiata Allen, Unmack & Hadiaty, 2014

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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);  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 Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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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).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 119199)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 5 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-17; Anal spines: 1; Anal 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).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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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, Intl. J. Ichthyol. 20(3):139-158. (Ref. 119199)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

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   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .