Melanotaenia salawati Kadarusman, Sudarto, Slembrouck & Pouyaud, 2011
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Family:  Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
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Environment:  pelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  South East Asia: Indonesia. Salawati Island in the Raja Ampat Group lying immediately west of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Ref. 88845).
Diagnosis:  Melanotaenia salawati is distinguished from M. batanta by a shorter snout, a longer caudal peduncle, a longer dorsal-fin base, a longer second dorsal-fin base and more cheek scales. The new species differs from M. fredericki by a longer snout, a larger interorbital region, a shorter spine on second dorsal fin, a longer anal-fin base, more cheek scales and more gillrakers on the first branchial arch (ref. 88845).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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