Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Atheriniformes Melanotaeniidae

Scientific Name: Glossolepis wanamensis
Species Authority: Allen & Kailola, 1979
Common Name(s):
English Lake Wanam Rainbowfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A1ae ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Allen, G.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1994 Rare (R)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: G. wannamesis is endemic to Lake Wanam, west of Lae.
Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: The species was reportedly abundant when first collected in the 1970s. However, the fish was difficult to find during searches carried out in 1994-1995.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The freshwater habitat of this species is a small (2-3 km diameter) lake.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The introduction of exotic species such as tilapia and carp into the lake over the last few decades have posed a threat to this species.

Citation: Allen, G. 1996. Glossolepis wanamensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T9272A12976997. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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