Size3.1 inches (8 cm)
DietAquatic insects, algae, plant material
HabitatWell-vegetated areas and may contain rocks, gravel, leaves, and mud
- Coloration varies widely based on geography, water conditions and diet.
- Coloration is typically silver to blue-green on the sides of the body, with a lighter silver color on the lower portion of the body and a black stripe. Fins are typically dull or bright orange-red.
- Males are larger and more brightly colored than females and develop longer dorsal and anal fins.
- Common length of 3.1 inches (8 cm). Maximum length of 5.1 inches (13 cm).
The banded rainbowfish is an aseasonal breeding species that breeds continuously throughout the year.
- Omnivorous species.
- Diet consists of aquatic insects, algae and plant material.
- Benthopelagic; feeds near the bottom, midwaters and at the surface of the water.
- Juveniles also feed on zooplankton.
- Occurs in freshwater habitats in northern Australia, from the Northern Territory to Queensland.
- Found mainly in streams or water holes at depths up to 6.6 feet (20 m).
- Habitat is usually well-vegetated and may contain rocks, gravel, leaves and mud.
- An oviparous, or egg-laying species.
- Female attaches eggs to aquatic plants using adhesive threads or tendrils.
- An aseasonal breeding species that breed continuously throughout the year.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.