Melanotaenia arfakensis Allen, 1990
Arfak rainbowfish
photo by JJPhoto

Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Max. size:  8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.5 - 7.5
Distribution:  Asia: known only from tributaries of the Prafi River system near Manokwari, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-16; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 22-25
Biology:  Occurs in streams flowing through rainforest and agricultural (mainly oil palm) lands on a flat, alluvial plain.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 01 August 1996 (A2ce) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 07.06.94
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 13.03.98
Checked by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 02.08.94

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