Melanotaenia rubrivittata, a new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from northwestern Papua Province, Indonesia

Gerald Allen, Peter UNMACK, Renny Hadiaty

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    A new species of melanotaeniid rainbowfish, Melanotaenia rubrivittata, is described from the Wapoga River system of northwestern Papua Province, Indonesia. The new taxon is described on the basis of 26 specimens, 18.0–48.7 mm SL, collected from two sites near the Tirawiwa River. It is similar to M. praecox in general appearance and morphology, but differs in possessing red body stripes, a more slender body shape in adult males, a slightly longer snout, and fewer lateral scales. Genetic analysis provides additional evidence for the separation of these taxa.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)846-858
    Number of pages13
    JournalFishes of Sahul
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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