Leichhardt's Velvetfish, Kanekonia leichhardti Johnson 2013

Holotype (top) and paratype of Leichhardt's Velvetfish, Kanekonia leichhardti. Source: Queensland Museum. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Leichhardt's Velvetfish, Kanekonia leichhardti Johnson 2013

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Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. Inhabits sandy/muddy bottoms.



The species is named leichhardti after the Prussian naturalist and explorer Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt (1813-ca.1848). During the years 1844-1845, he achieved one of the longest journeys of exploration by land in Australia, from the Darling Downs, Queensland to Port Essington, Northern Territory, a distance of about 4,800 km. He was the first European to traverse the southern edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria overland and to report on its fauna, flora and geology.

Species Citation

Kanekonia leichhardti Johnson 2013, Mem. Qld Mus. - Nat. 58: 398, figs 1A-B, 4A-C, 6A. Type locality: Gulf of Carpenteria, Queensland, Australia, 13°01.3"S, 140°12'E, dredged in 63 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Leichhardt's Velvetfish, Kanekonia leichhardti Johnson 2013


Johnson, J.W. 2013. Kanekonia leichhardti, a new species of velvetfish (Actinopterygii: Scorpaeniformes: Aploactinidae) from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 58: 397-410.

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CAAB Code:37290024

Behaviour:3.6 cm SL

Depth:45-63 m

Habitat:Sandy, muddy bottoms

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