Purple-spotted gudgeon

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Mogurnda adspersa

Generally purplish-brown to light blue with a white belly and scattered red and white spots on sides. Reported to reach 14 cm in length but common to 8 cm. This brightly coloured fish makes a good aquarium specimen. Demersal adhesive eggs. Widely distributed in throughout the Burdekin region. Known to occur within most of the Burdekin basin, Black River basin, Ross River basin and Haughton River basin. Observed at altwater Creek and Don River and is expected to occur throughout the Don River basin.

Acknowledgements

Much of the information about fish species and their distribution in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region presented throughout this Wiki is based on the work of Pusey (2005). The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) also provided access to their Norther Australian Fish (NAF) database (in press), which contains the most current available fish survey data for tropical Australia. Allan Webb also from ACTFR provided information of the expanding list of exotic fish species recorded from the immediate Townsville region principally the Ross River. Additional information about species distribution is the authors experience (principally Jim Tait) and knowledge of the region. Descriptions of species are based on Allen et. al. (2002) and Pusey et. al (2004) with additional detail and comments by the authors of the Fish Passage Study.

Fish illustrations and mapping by Jason Carter. Illustrations have been drawn from specimens and photographs and after other illustrations, in particular Swainston and Ruse (in Allen 1997) and Pusey (in Pusey et. al. 2004)

References

  • Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (in press) Northern Australia Fish (NAF) database.
  • Pusey, B. Kennard, M Arthington, A (2004) Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia,CSIRO Publishing. (Available from http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/3922.htm)

External Links

Purple-spotted gudgeon Burdekin Region distribution

Burdekin Region distribution

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