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A new rainbowfish from New Guinea, Indonesia

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 06, 2014 10:00 AM
Let's continue our "new fish species" streak ... this time with a tropical freshwater fish. Melanotaenia flavipinnis is a new species of beloved rainbowfish from New Guinea, Indonesia, and it's a real showstopper.
A new rainbowfish from New Guinea, Indonesia

Melanotaenia flavipinnis

Scientists keep finding new fish in the Coral Triangle, and not just on coral reefs.

Melanotaenia flavipinnis is a beautiful new freshwater rainbowfish.  The fish was discovered on Misool Island in the West Papua Province of Indonesia.  This species is only the second known rainbowfish from this island, one of the four major islands that constitute the Raja Ampat Islands, a renowned coral reef hotspot and popular dive site.

M.flavipinnis' closest congenor is M.misoolensis, the other rainbowfish found (only) on Misool Island.  M.misoolensis is infrequently encountered in the aquarium hobby but this species has been kept since the mid 1980s.  We dare say M.flavipinnis is even more beautiful.


Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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