Regal Rainbowfish Melanotaenia trifasciata

Regal Rainbowfish
Regal Rainbowfish
Regal Rainbowfish
The Regal Rainbowfish, also called the Banded, is one of several rainbowfish native to lagoons, rivers, swamps and streams of Australasia and Indonesia, the Regal to Queensland and Northern Territory. Shoaling species, it reaches 15cm long. Like other Rainbowfish, eggs are scattered and the fish show no parental care - they may even eat their own eggs if they come across them.
Regal Rainbowfish
Regal Rainbowfish
Regal Rainbowfish
Males are more strongly-marked than females, with brighter red fins. The name trifasciata refers to 3 bands but some show only one black lateral band with many thin red lines. On better-marked individuals, a black central line may appear to have one or even 2 white borders; actual colour and patterns can vary, especially with region. The similar-looking Western Rainbowfish from Northern Territory and Western Australia has a look more of a white central line below the black with another 2-3 thin, wiggly black lines below that and a pale belly and slightly more forked redder tail.