Description of Melanotaenia salawati, a new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from Salawati Island, West Papua, Indonesia

Kadarusman, Sudarto, Jacques Slembouck & Laurent Pouyaud
Melanotaenia salawati n. sp. is described from 16 specimens collected at Salawati Island in the Raja Ampat Group lying immediately west of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Indonesia). Melanotaenia salawati is allied to M. batanta and M. fredericki. Melanotaenia batanta occurs in the central part of Batanta, an island just north of Salawati while M. fredericki is found on the westernmost portion of the Bird’s Head Peninsula. The trio have a similar general...
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