Animal Species:Cave Gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas Whitley, 1945
Standard Common Name
The Cave Gudgeon is a small white-coloured fish that lacks eyes.
It grows to about 5 cm in length.
It is an Australian endemic that occurs in the vicinity of North West Cape, Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
The Cave Gudgeon lives in lightless caves and sinkholes. Water temperatures in these areas are known to reach 30oC.
Other behaviours and adaptations
The species uses sensory papillae on the head and body to detect its surroundings and prey items.
- Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology