Tami River Rainbowfish - Glossolepis pseudoincisus
Tami River Rainbowfish - Glossolepis pseudoincisus

Tami River Rainbowfish - Glossolepis pseudoincisus

The Tami River Rainbowfish was scientifically described by Allen & Cross in 1980. Its scientific name is Glossolepis pseudoincisus. The species was first collected for scientific purposes in 1954 by Boeseman, the former Curator of Fishes at the Rijksmuseum in Leiden. It has not been encountered since.

The Tami River Rainbowfish can exceed 9 cm (3.5 inches) in length. Its live colours remain unknown, but the live fish is believed to be olive or brownish with a silvery lustre on head and sides.

Geographical distribution, habitat and conservation
The Tami River Rainbowfish has only been encountered in a cutoff arm the Tami River, near the northern coast of West Papua. The cutoff arm was located on the flood-plain and was surrounded by rainforest. The bottom was muddy and the water was filled with dense aquatic vegetation. The water was turbid and almost stagnant.

The area where the Tami River Rainbowfish lives is the subject of controversy and the Indonesian government has chosen to limit the access to it significantly. It is therefore hard to find information about the current situation for the species. West Papua is a province of Indonesia and was earlier known as West Irian Jaya or Irian Jaya Barat. West Papua was created from the western portion of Papua province in 2003 and the split is still controversial. In February 2007, the name was changed to West Papua. You might therefore see many different names in older aquarium literature. Hopefully, ichthyologists will soon be able to travel to West Papua again and survey the fish populations.

The Tami River Rainbowfish is listed as “Data deficient” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

Keeping Tami River Rainbowfish in aquariums
As far as we know, the Tami River Rainbowfish has not been kept in aquariums.

Breeding Tami River Rainbowfish
There is no information available about breeding Tami River Rainbowfish in aquariums.

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