Pilbara Eel Blenny, Congrogadus winterbottomi Gill, Mooi & Hutchins 2000

Other Names: Pilbara Eelblenny

Pilbara Eel Blenny, Congrogadus winterbottomi. Source: Western Australian Museum. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A very rare eel blenny with a short dark bar from behind the eye ending in a dark spot on the gill cover, a diagonal dark bar acrossthe cheek, and no spot on the shoulder region.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Congrogadus winterbottomi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3879

Pilbara Eel Blenny, Congrogadus winterbottomi Gill, Mooi & Hutchins 2000

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Endemic to north-western Australia from Exmouth Gulf to Middle Mangrove Island, north of Onslo, Western Australia.
Inhabits sandy and muddy areas with Sargassum algae (and very little coral) on shallow rocky limestone reefs, often in muddy rock pools - usually in depths to 1 metre.


Dorsal fin I, 57-61; Anal fin 47-50; Vertebrae 63-65. Gill membranes fused ventrally with posterior margin free from isthmus; lateral line single, short anterodorsal section; teeth in outer row of dentary and premaxilla 14-21.


The species is named in honour of Rick Winterbottom, in recognition of his important contributions to the systematics and biogeography of congrogadines and other fishes, and in appreciation of his support and encouragement.

Species Citation

Congrogadus winterbottomi Gill, Mooi & Hutchins 2000, Rec. W. A. Mus. 20: 74, figs 1-7. Type locality: Middle Mangrove Island, WA [21°29.260´S, 115°21.955´E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Pilbara Eel Blenny, Congrogadus winterbottomi Gill, Mooi & Hutchins 2000


Allen, G.R. 2010. Congrogadus winterbottomi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154934A4671733. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T154934A4671733.en. Downloaded on 14 September 2017.

Gill, A.C., Mooi, R.D. & Hutchins, J.B. 2000. Description of a new subgenus and species of the fish genus Congrogadus Günther from western Australia (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Records of the Western Australian Museum 20: 69-79.

Mooi, R.D. & Gill, A.C. 2004. Notograptidae, sister to Acanthoplesiops Regan (Teleostei: Plesiopidae: Acanthoclininae) with comments on biogeography, diet and morphological convergence with Congrogadinae (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 141(2): 179-205.

Pogonoski, J.J., Pollard, D.A. & Paxton, J.R. 2002. Conservation overview and action plan for Australian threatened and potentially threatened marine and estuarine fishes. Environment Australia. Canberra. 373 pp.

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CAAB Code:37411006

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:1-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated, muddy areas

Max Size:12 cm SL


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