INDONESIA: Rediscovery of a “forgotten” species

By Heiko Bleher

In 1907 and 1910, the German Max Wilhelm Carl Weber (1852-1937) described two new rainbowfish species from the Aru archipelago, Melanotaenia patoti and Melanotaenia senckenbergianus respectively, which I had not found on my previous two trips to this remote place. The former was later placed erroneously in synonymy with Melanotaenia rubrostriata, and the latter with Melanotaenia goeldiei, species only known from southern New Guinea, which has separated from the Aru archipelago for at least 100,000 years…

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