Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976

A Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A small greenish shore-eel with a tiger-like pattern of irregular dark bars on the side of the head.

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Alabes brevis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Jan 2019,

Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976

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Endemic to south-western Australia from Albany to Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Found amongst seagrass and in weedy areas on shallow coastal reefs in depths to 10 metres.


Head relatively large, length 6.7–8.4 in SL; posterior nasal pore absent; back not usually hunchback-like, although gravid females may have this appearance; caudal fin relatively large, 9-10 rays.


The specific name brevis is from the Latin, meaning "short," in reference to the reduced number of vertebrae characterizing this species.

Species Citation

Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976, Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 234: 19. Type locality: Green Island, Rottnest, Western Australia. 


Bray, D.J. 2016


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Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976


Hutchins, J.B. 1991. Southern Australia’s enigmatic clingfishes. Australian Natural History 23(8): 626–633 (colour plate).

Hutchins, B. & Morrison, S. 2004. Five new fish species of the genus Alabes (Gobiesocidae: Cheilobranchinae). Records of the Australian Museum 56: 147-158. PDF Open access

Springer, V.G. & Fraser, T.H. 1976. Synonymy of the fish families Cheilobranchidae (=Alabetidae) and Gobiesocidae, with descriptions of two new species of Alabes. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 234: 1-23 figs 1-14 PDF Open access

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CAAB Code:37206007

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, seagrass

Max Size:3.6 cm SL


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