Melanotaenia lacustris


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Melanotaenia lacustris
Species Authority: Munro, 1964
Common Name(s):
English Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1ac ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Allen, G.
1994 Vulnerable (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: M. lacustris is endemic to Lake Kutubu in the Kikori River system of Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The freshwater lake habitat is about 19 km long and 2-4 km wide.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The introduction of gill nets and outboard motors on the lake along with the development of oil drilling and logging in the area over the last ten years are the main threats to this species.

Citation: Allen, G. 1996. Melanotaenia lacustris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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