Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Atheriniformes
(Silversides) > Melanotaeniidae
(Rainbowfishes, blue eyes)
Etymology: Melanotaenia: Greek, melan, -anos = black + latin, taenia = stripe (Ref. 45335); veoliae: Named for the Foundation Veolia Environment which sponsored among others the Lengguru-Kaimana Expedition in October-November 2010.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Asia: Gebiasi Creek in Papua Barat, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91054)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 14 - 5;
soft rays: 22 - 27. Can be diagnosed from all congeners in Bomberai Peninsula and Bird’s Neck region by the combination of the following characters: dorsal fin with IV to V-I,12 to 13 rays; anal fin with I,22-27 rays; 34-37 lateral scales; 10-11 transverse scales; 17-18 predorsal scales; 12-14 cheek scales; 18-20 gillrakers; snout length 8.0-9.1% of SL; interorbital width 9.0-9.5% of SL; eye diameter 6.3-7.9% of SL; caudal peduncle length 16.5-17.7% of SL; predorsal length 49.5-52.1% of SL; prepelvic length 36.9-38.0% of SL; preanal length 47.4-49.3% of SL; and spine length of the anal fin 9.1-11.3% of SL (Ref. 91054).
The type locality, Gebiasi Creek, is a typical fragmented hydrologic system in a karstic environment. It emerges from a karstic cave then flows on about 60 m before disappearing in a subterranean outlet and reappears in the mangrove after 200 m underground from a small cave. This species inhabits the aerial river portion. The creek is characterized by blue and crystalline stream, narrow (to about 2-3 m wide), relatively shallow (up to about 1 m) and flowing in primary forest (Ref. 91054).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kadarusman, R.K. Hadiaty, G. Segura, G. Setiawibawa, D. Caruso and L. Pouyaud, 2012. Four new species of Rainbowfishes (Melanotaeniidae) from Arguni Bay, West Papua, Indonesia. Cybium 36(2):369-382. (Ref. 91054)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .