Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia duboulayi (Castelnau, 1878)
About the Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish
The Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish has a dark stripe along the side and a red spot on the upper operculum. Males have a series of red stripes along the sides of the body and red spots on the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The species is endemic to Australia.
What do it look like?
The Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish is olive brown above, silvery on the sides and white below. There is a dark stripe along the side and a red spot on the upper operculum. The scale margins are brownish.
Males have a series of red stripes along the sides of the body and red spots on the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. When males display to females, all their fins, with the exception of the pelvics, have black margins. The fins of females and juveniles are clear.
Where is it found?
The species is endemic to Australia. It is found in coastal freshwaters from southern Queensland to northern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Ozcam map of Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish specimens in the Australian Museums.
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