Melanotaenia boesemani Allen & Cross, 1980
Boeseman's rainbowfish
photo by Anderson,T.

Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Max. size:  9 cm SL (male/unsexed); 7 cm SL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 7 - 8; dH range: 9 - 19
Distribution:  Asia: known only from the Ajamaru Lakes region in Vogelkop Peninsula, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Also in the Aitinjo Lake, 20 km southeast of Ajamaru Lakes.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-14; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 17-23
Biology:  Inhabits lakes which are situated at the headwaters of the Ajamaru River in Irian Jaya which drains into the Kais River eventually flowing to the Ceram Sea. Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 80 cm (Ref. 51539).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 01 August 1996 (A1ad) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 07.06.94
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 03.07.04

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