Post by rainbowfish on Oct 7, 2015 22:15:07 GMT -6
Melanotaenia boesemani first caught and brought back from near the village of Aytinjo on Danau Uter by Heiko Bleher. Later it was recollected by Gilbert Maebe. You can find F-2 fish with the IRG labeled "Danau Uter" in Europe. These fish are very bright even at just a little over an inch in length. This midnight blue and fire orange fish is different than the fish that have been bred at most of the fish farms throughout the world. They have the yellow form from Danau (lake) Ayamaru. Photo below and hopefully a video too. Converting to Vimeo it did lose a lot of the color that was originally there. At the time it's unedited and hopefully later I'll load up an edited version. I despise "flying cockroach" rainbowfish videos where you can't tell the colors of the fish and everything is out of focus. Is it a cockroach or a rainbowfish?? I'll edit out the out of focus fish later, promise. A few things to read about also.
Tropical Conservation Science Vol.8 (3): 796-812, 2015 tropicalconservationscience.mongabay.com/content/v8/tcs_v8i3_796-812_Nugraha.pdf I hope that link works, otherwise just put the title vol etc above into your search and it will pop up. It talks about the fact that all of the commercial production facilities in Indonesia have the yellow, Danau (lake) Ayamaru form of boesemani and most likely this is the fish that we have in the fish farms in Florida too.
Anyone who is really serious about rainbowfish, besides being a member of ANGFA also has a subscription to Amazonas. The editor, Hans-Georg Evers has had an on-going love affair with rainbowfish for the last few years. He wrote a really great article on collecting boesemani in different areas on the Bird's Head. English Version, Vol 3 #5 pg 42-51. The one that has fancy swordtails on the cover, so don't be fooled. You can see pictures of fish from Danau Uther (I believe he misspelled it as everyone else spells it Uter). He also talks about the Kali (river) Kromsa boesemani with neat orange stripes. I'm still waiting for my Kromsa to show their stripes. This fish seems to be something in between a boesemani and it's close cousin Melanotaenia ajamaruensis. So it might be better to call it M. cf boesemani "Kromsa" until we know more about it. And one of the original descriptions of the live fish Allen TFH 1984 Vol 32, #6 22-24. The original description of this fish appears in Allen, G. R. and Cross, N. J. 1982. Rainbowfishes of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Angus & Robertson, Australia. A shout out to Eddy Derijst for making a great log of all things rainbowfish back in 1989 which made finding these older references much easier.