Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits lowland swamps and small streams, usually in clear, acidic waters with ample cover in the form of log debris or aquatic vegetation. Occurs at temperatures ranging from 24-30° C (Ref. 5259). Found in clear waters of small creeks and Pandanus swamps. pH range is 5.5-7 (Ref. 44894).
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Field guide to the freshwater fishes of New Guinea. Publication, no. 9. 268 p. Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 2847)
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Distribution

Oceania: Papua New Guinea (lower and middle sections of the Fly River westward to the Bensbach River) and northeastern Australia.
  • Allen, G.R. 1991 Field guide to the freshwater fishes of New Guinea. Publication, no. 9. 268 p. Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 2847)
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Papua New Guinea and northern Australia.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 5 - 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7 - 12; Analspines: 1; Analsoft rays: 13 - 19
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Size

Maximum size: 60 mm SL
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Max. size

7.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894))
  • Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen 2002 Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. 394 p. (Ref. 44894)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 7.0; dH range: 10
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Diseases and Parasites

Fin-rot Disease (late stage). Bacterial diseases
  • Bassleer, G. 1997 Color guide of tropical fish diseases: on freshwater fish. Bassleer Biofish, Westmeerbeek, Belgium. 272 p. (Ref. 41805)
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Fin Rot (early stage). Bacterial diseases
  • Bassleer, G. 1997 Color guide of tropical fish diseases: on freshwater fish. Bassleer Biofish, Westmeerbeek, Belgium. 272 p. (Ref. 41805)
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Bacterial Infections (general). Bacterial diseases
  • Bassleer, G. 1997 Color guide of tropical fish diseases: on freshwater fish. Bassleer Biofish, Westmeerbeek, Belgium. 272 p. (Ref. 41805)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Produces 150-200 eggs. Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Melanotaenia maccullochi

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Melanotaenia maccullochi

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Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
  • Mills, D. and G. Vevers 1989 The Tetra encyclopedia of freshwater tropical aquarium fishes. Tetra Press, New Jersey. 208 p. (Ref. 7020)
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