Beate's Coralbrotula, Diancistrus beateae Schwarzhans, Møller & Nielsen 2005

Other Names: Beate's Viviparous Brotula

Beate's Coralbrotula, Diancistrus beateae. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A rarely seen secretive brotula that shelters in crevices on coral reefs. 

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Beate's Coralbrotula, Diancistrus beateae Schwarzhans, Møller & Nielsen 2005

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Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific. A cryptic solitary inhabitant of coral reef crevices.


Dorsal fin 84-91; Anal fin 65-74; Vertebrae 11+33-35=44-46. 
Eyes large (2.6-3.5% SL); outer pseudoclasper massive, hook-shaped, very broad in ventral view; inner pseudoclasper stout, fleshy, not extending over anterior rim of outer pseudoclasper; broad scale patch on cheek, large scale patch on operculum continuous above and below opercular spine.


Live colour unknown.


The species is named beateae for Beate Schwarzhans.

Species Citation

Diancistrus beateae Schwarzhans, Møller,  & Nielsen 2005, The Beagle 21: 100, figs. 18-20. type locality: Kapingamarangi Atoll, Pohnpei State, Micronesia. 


Dianne J. Bray


Atlas of Living Australia

Beate's Coralbrotula, Diancistrus beateae Schwarzhans, Møller & Nielsen 2005


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

Schwarzhans, W., Møller, P.R. & Nielsen, J.G. 2005. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae) of the Indo-West Pacific. Part I. Diancistrus and two new genera with 26 new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 21: 73-163.

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CAAB Code:37228090

Biology:Live bearer

Depth:0-38 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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