Spangled gudgeon

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Ophiocara porocephala

Grows to 23 cm. This fish is generally dark brown or blackish overall with pale centres in the scales forming scattered white spangles. Rarely recorded in freshwaters within the region and only in lower freshwater. Common in estuarine reaches. Known to occur in the Lower Burdekin catchment (below Clare Weir) and expected to occur also in much of the Black River basin, Ross River basin, Haughton River basin and Saltwater Creek of 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 Northern 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)

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Spangled gudgeon
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