Boeseman's Rainbowfish Melanotaenia boesemani

Boeseman's Rainbowfish male
Boeseman's Rainbowfish male
Boeseman's Rainbowfish male
Boeseman's Rainbowfish Rainbowfish is native only to a few lakes and tributaries in the Ayamara/Ajamara and Aitinjo/Hain regions of West Papua, Indonesia. It has become endangered as in its limited range over 1 million a year are (were) being collected for breeding stock in the aquarium trade.
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Males, above, have a strongly defined bluish grey front half and orange or red back half, although the intensity varies. They are larger than females and can exceed 12cm long.
Boeseman's Rainbowfish female
Boeseman's Rainbowfish female
Boeseman's Rainbowfish female
Females, above and below, are a slimmer, muted version of the male but sometimes show a black half lateral line.
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
Boeseman's Rainbowfish
They eat small worms, crustaceans and other invertebrates as well as some plant matter.