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Species Melanotaenia duboulayi (Castelnau, 1878)

Crimsonspotted Rainbowfish, Crimson-spotted Rainbow Fish, Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish, Doublay's Rainbowfish


Miscellaneous Literature Names



Treated as a synonym of M. fluviatilis until recently, see Crowley et al (1986).




New South Wales, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

Coastal drainage's east of the great Dividing Range between Elliot River, QLD (19º56´S) to Macleay River, NSW (30º58´S); temperate.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Qld: Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), NSW North Coast (NNC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Freshwater, omnivore.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [91]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [147]

Allen, G.R. & Cross, N.J. 1982. Rainbowfishes of Australia and Papua-New Guinea. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 142 pp. figs. [56] (as Melanotaenia splendida fluviatilis, in part)

Crowley, L.E.L.M., Ivantsoff, W. & Allen, G.R. 1986. Taxonomic position of two crimson-spotted rainbowfish, Melanotaenia duboulayi and Melanotaenia fluviatilis (Pisces: Melanotaeniidae), from Eastern Australia, with special reference to their early life-history stages. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 37: 385-398 figs 1-6 [391]

Leggett, R. & Merrick, J.R. 1987. Australian Native Fishes for Aquariums. Artarmon : J.R. Merrick Publications 241 pp. 142 figs. [148]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part I. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 1–144 [113] (as M. nigrans, in part)

McDowall, R.M. (ed.) 1996. Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp. [137-138]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [96] (662, as M. fluviatilis, in part)

Pusey, B.J., Kennard, M.J. & Arthington, A.H. 2004. Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia. Collingwood, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing 684 pp. [211]

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Journal of Biogeography 28: 1053-1089 [1061]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
21-Jul-2014 ATHERINIFORMES 29-Mar-2014 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
12-Feb-2010 (import)