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

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2016, Alabes brevis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1140

Short Shore Eel, Alabes brevis Springer & Fraser 1976

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Distribution

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.

Features

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.

Etymology

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. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2016

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. 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

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37206007

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated, seagrass

Max Size:3.6 cm SL

Native:Endemic

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