Animal Species:Smalleye Gudgeon, Prionobutis microps (Weber, 1908)

The Smalleye Gudgeon has a small flattened head and a cylindrical body. It occurs in brackish mangroves, tidal creeks and freshwaters of the Indo-West Pacific.

Smalleye Gudgeon in Rapid Creek

David Wilson © David Wilson

Standard Common Name

Smalleye Gudgeon

Alternative Name/s

Small Eyed Sleeper

Identification

The Smalleye Gudgeon has a small flattened head and a cylindrical body. It is grey to brown with white markings on the sides. There are about five dark brown to grey lines radiating from the eye. The pectoral fins and median fins have dark bands.

Size range

The species grows to 23 cm in length.

Distribution

The species can be found in the Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is known from north-western Western Australia around the tropical north and south to southern Queensland.

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.

Prionobutis microps

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Smalleye Gudgeon specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species occurs in brackish mangroves, tidal creeks and freshwaters.

Classification

Species:
microps
Genus:
Prionobutis
Family:
Eleotridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
  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 Fishes, Ichthyology, Smalleye Gudgeon, Prionobutis microps, Eleotridae, grey, brown, 10 cm - 30 cm, complex pattern, white markings, marine, small flattened head, long,