Tizer – Boeseman’s Rainbowfish

Boeseman’s Rainbowfish Otherwise know as: Melanotaenia boesemani

Status: Endangered

Estimated number: Unknown
Population trend: Unknown

Location: West Papua New Guinea, Indonesia

The fish lives in three Ayamaru Lakes in the central Vogelkop Penninsula, Irian Jaya.

Why are they under threat?

Boeseman’s Rainbowfish is threatened by fluctuations in water levels, associated with Global Warming, and a declining water quality. A big problem is over harvesting too, since it has become a popular aquarium fish. By the end of the 1980’s, roughly 60 000 males where exported from the Ayamaru Lakes region each month. Today, the government has restricted the trade in an effort to prevent over-harvesting and decrease the mortality rate.

What can you do?

Support Save Ayamaru Lakes, a local conservation initiative.