SizeUp to 4 inches (10 cm)
DietLarval insects and small crustaceans
RangePapua New Guinea
HabitatFreshwater highland lake, Lake Kutubu
- Coloration may vary based on environment, water conditions and diet.
- Coloration ranges between light and dark shades of blue and turquoise.
- After spawning this fish may possess an orange or gold coloration.
- Males are larger and more brightly colored than females.
- Males develop a deeper body than females.
- Maximum length of 4 inches (10 cm).
The turquoise rainbowfish is also known as “Lake Kutubu rainbowfish.”
- Omnivorous species- feeds on larval insects and small crustaceans.
- Occurs endemically in the Kikori River drainage of the Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea.
- Found in a freshwater highland lake, Lake Kutubu, and the lake’s outlet; 136 miles (219 km) from the Gulf of Papua.
- Oviparous, or egg-laying species; also a non-guarding species.
- Eggs are fertilized externally and scattered when laid.
- “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List.
- Threats include:
- Introduction of gill nets and outboard motors along Lake Kutubu.
- Development of oil drilling and logging in the area.
- Also known as “Lake Kutubu rainbowfish.”
- Considered a peaceful community fish.