Melanotaenia parva Allen, 1990

Lake Kurumoi rainbowfish



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Extinct in the wild?

Last record: 2008

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct in the Wild)



Lake Kurumoi, Papua Province (Indonesia), New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

 Allen, G.R. 1990. Les poissons arc-en-ciel (Melanotaeniidae) de la Péninsule de Vogelkop, Irian Jaya, avec description de trois nouvelles espèces. Revue française d'Aquariologie Herpétologie 16(4): 101-112.


Other references:

Allen, G.R. 1991. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of New Guinea. Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Allen, G.R. & Kadarusman. 2020. Melanotaenia parva. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T13072A147682671. Accessed on 05 July 2022.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Kadarusman, Sudarto, Paradis, E. and Pouyaud, L. 2010. Description of Melanotaenia fasinensis, a new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from West Papua, Indonesia with comments on the rediscovery of M. ajamaruensis and the endangered status of M. parva. Cybium 34(2): 207-215.


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