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Volume 3, Issue 2 – September 1998

Gerald R. Allen and Samuel J. Renyaan: Three New Species of Rainbowfishes (Melanotaeniidae) from Irian Jaya, Indonesia, pp. 69-80

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SINGLE PAPER

Volume 3, Issue 2 – September 1998

Gerald R. Allen and Samuel J. Renyaan: Three New Species of Rainbowfishes (Melanotaeniidae) from Irian Jaya, Indonesia, pp. 69-80

Abstract
Three new melanotaeniid fishes are described from Irian Jaya. Melanotaenia batanta sp. n. is described from 12 specimens, 39.1-87.4 mm SL, collected at Batanta Island. It is most closely related to M. fredericki, but has a higher modal number of dorsal fin rays and fewer cheek scales. The remaining two species were collected in the Wapoga River system of northern Irian Jaya. Melanotaenia rubripinnis sp. n. is described from 51 specimens, 25.0-102.3 mm SL. It is most closely allied to M. vanheurni, but differs in colour, and generally has fewer soft dorsal rays and fewer cheek scales. Glossolepis leggetti, sp. n. is described from 79 specimens, 35.4-92.9 mm SL. It is most closely related to G. multisquamatus, but usually has a higher number of soft dorsal rays, fewer predorsal scales and a more slender body shape in adult males.

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