Animal Species:Cave Gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas Whitley, 1945

Standard Common Name

Cave Gudgeon

Alternative Name/s

Blind Gudgeon

Identification

The Cave Gudgeon is a small white-coloured fish that lacks eyes.

Size range

It grows to about 5 cm in length.

Distribution

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.

Milyeringa veritas

Habitat

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.

Classification

Species:
veritas
Genus:
Milyeringa
Family:
Eleotridae
Order:
Perciformes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
  2. 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
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Tags Cave Gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas, Eleotridae, < 10 cm, freshwater, cave, blind, white, lacks, eyes,