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New rainbowfish really lives up to its name

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 08, 2015 09:00 AM
Rainbowfish are beautiful fish, but let's face it; some species aren't quite as colorful as their common name suggests. Melanotaenia rubrovittata, the newest described species, lives up to its billing and then some.
New rainbowfish really lives up to its name

What a beauty! Photo by GW Lange.

Melanotaenia rubrovittata is about as brilliantly pigmented a rainbowfish as they come.  Its gorgeous horizontal stripes enhances its rainbow-like appearance and differentiates this new species from most others within the genus.  Melanotaenia rubrovittata is described from Northwestern Papua Province, Indonesia.  Its full description by Gerald Allen, Peter Unmack, and Renny Hadiaty is published in the latest issue of Fishes of Sahul.

M.rubrovittata has actually already made appearances in our hobby for a couple of years now; in fact, it's been captive bred.  The rarely available species (and subsequently pricey as far as rainbowfish go) was coined the Wapago Red Laser Rainbowfish, but it had no formal scientific name until now.

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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