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Melanotaenia fluviatilis  (Castelnau, 1878)

Murray river rainbowfish
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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).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.0 - ? ; dH range: 10 - ?.   Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 1672)

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 3 - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894); 7.0 cm SL (female); common length : 8.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894)

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Oceania: endemic to Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in rivers, creeks, drains, ponds and reservoirs. Occurs usually in still or slow-flowing conditions (Ref. 7300). Inhabits streams, backwaters of larger rivers, drainage ditches, overflow ponds and reservoirs. Usually congregates along grassy banks or around submerged logs and branches (Ref. 44894). Omnivorous (Ref. 7300). The most southward-ranging rainbowfish and the only species adapted to low winter temperatures (normally about 10°-15°C). There is evidence that numbers are drastically reduced during winter drought when water temperatures dip below 10°C. Suitable for outdoor pond culture in temperate climates (Ref. 44894).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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BHL | Cloffa | Websites from users | Check FishWatcher | CISTI | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | DiscoverLife | ECOTOX | Faunafri | Fishtrace | GenBank(genome, nucleotide) | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | IGFA World Record | iSpecies | PubMed | Scirus | SeaLifeBase | Tree of Life | uBio | Wikipedia(Go, Search) | World Records Freshwater Fishing | Zoological Record

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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), 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):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=1; tmax=3-4; K=0.17-0.32).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .