Desert rainbowfish

The Desert rainbowfish lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater, pH range: 6.0 - 8.0, dH range: 30 environment.

The Desert Rainbowfish was scientifically described by Zietz in 1896. Its scientific name is Melanotaenia splendida tatei. The species was first collected by the Horn Expedition in 1894 and is named “tatei” in honour of a member of that expedition, natural historian Ralph Tate. More

Desert rainbowfish have broad temperature tolerances. I have had live specimens show no obvious signs of stress at 6 More

As its name suggests, Desert rainbowfish is an arid-adapted species, found in a variety of slow-flowing and still habitats, including ephemeral rivers, waterholes, lakes, flowing bores and stock dams. These habitats are often quite turbid and highly variable in terms of permanence. More

Desert rainbowfish ( common name ) let's test your knowledge! Melanotaenia splendida tatei ( fish name )slovensky , français Share pictures of your fish! Upload them now! * Maximum size in aquariums (min-max): 9 - 10 cm More

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This is a factsheet about the Desert rainbowfish, which is a species of native fish found in the Murray-Darling Basin. The information in this factsheet has been extracted from Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin: an introductory guide by Mark Lintermans. More

Common names

Checkered rainbowfish in English
Mønstret regnbuefisk in Danish (dansk)
丑虹银汉鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
醜虹銀漢魚 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Atheriniformes
Family : Melanotaeniidae
Genus : Melanotaenia
Species : Melanotaenia splendida tatei
Authority : Zietz,1896