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Melanotaenia splendida splendida  (Peters, 1866)

Eastern rainbow fish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes (Silversides) > Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Etymology: Melanotaenia: Greek, melan, -anos = black + latin, taenia = stripe (Ref. 45335).

Issue
Issue on validity of subspecies: subspecies considered as valid in FB, synonymized with the species Melanotaenia splendida (Peters, 1866) in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. Mar. 2011: Ref. 86697). Please send references, or more studies are needed.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.0 - ? ; dH range: 10 - ?; depth range 0 - ? m.   Tropical; 20°C - 25°C (Ref. 1672)

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 3 - 4 cm
Max length : 20.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7298); common length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7298); max. reported age: 3 years (Ref. 51969)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 18 - 20

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Oceania: river systems east of the Great Dividing Range of Queensland, Australia from the vicinity of Gladstone (Boyne River) north to the eastern watershed of Cape York Peninsula.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits streams and lakes, often forming large schools at the surface. Temperatures in their environments range from 20 to 29 °C and pH from 5.3 to 8.5 and the water varies from clear to turbid (Ref. 7298).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen, 2002. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. 394 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Aquarium: public aquariums
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical 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), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.7   ±0.34 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm = 0.5; tmax = 3; Fec = 370).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.