Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976


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

Summary:
A small poorly-known 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. 2019, Alabes brevis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Mar 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1140

Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976

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Distribution

Endemic to Western Australia from Albany to Rottnest Island. Inhabits seagrass beds and weedy areas on shallow coastal reefs in depths to 10 metres.

Features

Pelvic fin absent, fin-fold questionably present; Caudal fin relatively large, 9-10 rays; Vertebrae 60-61, 21 posterior-most vertebrae bearing an epipleural rib.
Head relatively large, length 6.7–8.4 in SL; posterior nasal pore absent; gill opening width about = eye diameter; back not usually hunchback-like, although gravid females may have this appearance.

Etymology

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

Species Citation

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

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976

References


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 DOI 10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1426 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 https://doi.org/10.5479/si.00810282.234Open access

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37206007

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, seagrass/weedy areas

Max Size:3.6 cm SL

Native:Endemic

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