The Ornate Rainbowfish can be recognised by its slightly elongate shape and the dark scale margins that form a network pattern. It occurs in coastal freshwater streams from southern Queensland to northern New South Wales.
The Ornate Rainbowfish has a slightly elongate, semi-transparent body and dark scale margins that form a network pattern. The species usually has red fins although they may be bluish. Fish from dark, tanin-stained waters can be almost black in colour.
It is usually found in slow-flowing streams, ponds and dune lakes.
The Ornate Rainbowfish occurs in coastal freshwater streams from southern Queensland to northern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Ozcam map of Ornate Rainbowfish specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Rhadinocentrus%20ornatus&zoom=off#mapView
The Ornate Rainbowfish is a popular aquarium species.
- Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.