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.
Standard Common Name
Small Eyed Sleeper
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.
The species grows to 23 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species occurs in brackish mangroves, tidal creeks and freshwaters.
- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology