Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides Bleeker 1855

Other Names: Coral Brotula, Yellow Pigmy Brotula

Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides in Singapore. Source: Ria Tan / Flickr: Wildsingapore. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


These secretive coral reef inhabits are nocturnal, and usually shelter in holes and crevices during the day.

Identifying features:
Body long, slender, orange to yellow in colour;
Barbels absent, cheeks and gill cover scaled, eyes developed;
Dorsal and anal fins long-based, separate from caudal fin;
Dorsal-fin origin above middle of pectoral fin.

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Dianne J. Bray, Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/1940

Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides Bleeker 1855

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Known in Australian waters from coral reef habitats in northwestern and northeastern Australia. Elsewhere, widespread in the Indo-West-central Pacific.

Lives in deep holes and crevices in lagoon and seaward reef habitats to 30 m.


Live bearers.


EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
IUCN Red List : Not Evaluated

Species Citation

Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides Bleeker, 1855, Natuur. Tijdschr. Neder. Indië 8: 319.Type locality: Batu Islands, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides Bleeker 1855


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [136]

Bleeker, P. 1855. Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van de Batoe-eilanden. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 8: 305-328.

Cohen, D.M. & Nielsen, J.G. 1978. Guide to the identification of genera of the fish order Ophidiiformes with a tentative classification of the order. National Marine Fisheries Service (U.S.) Technical Report 417: 1-72 figs 1-103.

Møller, P.R. & W. Schwarzhans. 2008. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei, Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific, Part IV. Dinematichthys and two new genera with descriptions of nine new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 24: 87-146.

Møller, P.R., Schwarzhans, W. & Nielsen, J.G. 2004. Review of the American Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae). Part I. Dinematichthys, Gunterichthys, Typhliasina and two new genera. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 8(4): 141-192.

Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle & C.R. Robins, 1999. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(18): 178p. Rome: FAO.

Turner, C.L. 1946. Male secondary sexual characters of Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides. Copeia 1946(2): 92-96.

Wourms, J.P. & O. Bayne, 1973. Development of the viviparous brotulid fish, Dinematichthys ilucoeteoides. Copeia 1973(1): 32-40.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37228109


Biology:Live bearer

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm SL

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