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Boeseman’s Rainbowfish

Melanotaenia boesemani


  • Indonesia


  • Lakes & streams


  • Algae
  • Small crustaceans
  • Aquatic insects

Found in only a few small lakes and streams in Indonesia, these fish live in large peaceful schools that help protect them from predators.

The brightly colored males of this species have a blue or purple front and a red or yellow back. The females, being less bright, have a green or yellow top with a lighter color underneath. Increased collection for the pet trade as well as highly variable water levels has made these fish an endangered species.

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