Lake Eacham rainbowfish

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Lake Eacham rainbowfish
A Lake Eacham Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia eachamensis, in an aquarium.jpg
A Lake Eacham rainbowfish in an aquarium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Atheriniformes
Family: Melanotaeniidae
Genus: Melanotaenia
Species: M. eachamensis
Binomial name
Melanotaenia eachamensis
G. R. Allen & N. J. Cross, 1982

The Lake Eacham rainbowfish (Melanotaenia eachamensis) is a species of fish in the Melanotaeniidae family endemic to Yidyam (Lake Eacham), Queensland, Australia.


The species was thought to be extinct due to predation from native fishes — including the Barred Grunter (Amniataba percoides) and Mouth Almighty (Glossamia aprion) — illegally translocated to Lake Eacham in the 1980s.[1] The species was rediscovered in the private collections of aquarists and has also been found to have a wider distribution in the Barron and Johnstone River systems.[1]

It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and Endangered on the EPBC Act 1999.

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  1. ^ a b Bray, Dianne; Gomon, Martin. "Lake Eacham Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia eachamensis". Fishes of Australia. Retrieved 6 October 2014.