Pappan Creek Melanotaenia trifasciata in a slightly different lighinf conditions. Really just in a different angle to the fixed light source. Just goes to show that how we see rainbowfish colours depends on a lot of different factors. The angle of the light just being one of them. - Gunther Schmida


A Rainbowfish from further north. First collected in 1996 by Eng Chua and Adrian Dawson in Wallaby Creek, a tributary of the Annan River south of Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, north Queensland. Its body shape and unpaired fins much like Melanotaenia trifasciata, the Banded or Regal Rainbowfish, but it does not display the bright nape band when courting, so typical for 'trifasciata'. These two males courtesy of Aimee and Steve Brooks. Gunther Schmida, 2020


Collected in 1996 in Wonga Creek, Gove Peninsula, Arnhem Land, NT, Australia and photographed a little later courtesy of Bruce Hansen and team, it is one of the most spectacular forms of Regal (Banded) Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia trifasciata from that part of the world and may well turn out to be a yet undescribed species.

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