Melanotaenia pimaensis Allen, 1981
Pima River rainbowfish
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Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Max. size:  10 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Oceania: known only from the Pima River at the junction with the Tua River in the Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-17; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 20-24
Biology:  Inhabits headwater mountainous streams with an elevation of more than 800 m in a relatively broad (1 km width) valley (Ref. 2847). An egg laying omnivore which prefers rock, plant and driftwood cover and the following aquarium conditions: pH=7.5, H=10, 26°C water temperature (Ref. 6398).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 01 August 1996 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 07.06.94
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 01.05.00
Checked by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 03.08.94

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