Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gobiiformes
(Gobies) > Butidae
(Marine gudgeons) > Butinae
Etymology: Oxyeleotris: Greek, oxys = sharp + The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335). More on author: Macleay.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Oceania: northern Australia from the Adcock River, WA to the vicinity of Cooktown, Qld
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 55.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894); common length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 9. Mid-lateral scales 62-65; horizontal scales rows 19-20; predorsal scales 40-48. Generally dark brown dorsally, lighter below with a series of close-set, narrow dark brown stripes on sides. Median and pelvic fins with small dark spots. Pectoral fins with rows of dark spots forming transverse bands. Juveniles often whitish grey dorsally with a narrow white stripe (or irregular white blotches) along mid-line. Similar to O. lineolata but has spotted anal, pelvic, and pectoral fins (Ref. 44894).
Inhabits rivers, creeks and billabongs, usually in quiet o slowly flowing water among vegetation, around log debris or undercut banks. A nocturnal carnivore, feeds on fishes, crustaceans, and aquatic insects (Ref. 44894).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen, 2002. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. 394 p. (Ref. 44894)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00454 - 0.02306), b=3.06 (2.86 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (59 of 100) .