Saving the Daintree Rainbowfish

The Daintree Rainbowfish was only discovered in 2018 yet it has already been listed as Critically Endangered. They are only known to exist in the Cooper and Hutchinson creek systems of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and the number one action needed to ensure their survival is habitat protection. 

Daintree Rainbowfish: Photo by Michael Hammer, MAGNT

Daintree Rainbowfish: Photo by Michael Hammer

Daintree Rainbowfish

Cairnsichthys bitaeniatus

ICUN RED LIST STATUS:

Critically Endangered

*Although first discovered in 2012, it was believed to be another already identified species until genetic and morphological studies revealed it to be a newly identified species in 2018.

NATIVE TO:

Australia

LIFESPAN: 

Unknown

Size:

*Adults measure up to 6cm long.

ESTIMATED NUMBER LEFT IN THE WILD:

Unknown, however, a field study recorded a minimum of 150 mature individuals.

The species is uncommon across all known sites.

ENDANGERED DUE TO:

*Extremely low population size and isolated populations, which could result in inbreeding and poor genetics, or if the creeks are destroyed.

*Introduction of non-native species.

*Climate change and water pollution.

*Potential development on freehold land with creeks in the Cooper and Hutchinson creek catchments.

WHAT CAN YOU DO:

*Protect and restore habitat.

*Donate to purchase and protect land in from the threat of development.

*Protect and restore habitat for this critically endangered fish.

With your help, we will purchase and protect land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Please donate now. A donation of $25 will purchase and protect ten sqm of the Daintree Rainforest. 

Tributary of Cooper Creek in the Daintree Rainforest

 

 

 

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  • Kelvin Davies
    published this page in News 2020-09-21 14:47:46 +1000

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