Size2 to 2.5 inches (5.1-6.4 cm)
DietVegetation, insects, small worms, fish eggs
HabitatTropical, swift-moving and clear freshwater rivers
- Long body that deepens with age, large eyes and two dorsal fins.
- Fins are bright: red on males and yellow on females. Body is a pink-gray while scales light in blue when reflecting light from the front.
- Individual typically measures between 2 to 2.5 inches (5.1 – 6.4 cm) in length.
- Diet consists of vegetation, insects, small worms and fish eggs.
- Occurs on the island of New Guinea, in the Mamberamo River in West Papua, Indonesia.
- Found in tropical, swift-moving and clear freshwater rivers.
- Extent of this species’ reach is unknown due to insufficient surveying of its area.
- Also known as the “praecox rainbowfish.”
- A schooling fish: aggregates in female-male groups of ten or more in its natural habitat.