Longspine Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys goodladi (Whitley 1944)

Other Names: Goodlad's Dragonet, Goodlad's Stinkfish, Longspine Stinkfish, Western Dragonet

A Longspine Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys goodladi, at night in the Swan River at Coombe Reserve, Mosman Park, Western Australia, depth 15m, November 2017. Source: Max WIlliams / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale dragonet with dark spots on the tail and brown mottling on the back. Males have two filamentous spines at the beginning of the dorsal fin, while females have a single filamentous spine.

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Longspine Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys goodladi (Whitley 1944)

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Endemic to Western Australia from Esperance to north of Broome, and also on offshore reefs on the North West Shelf. Inhabits sandy and silty bottoms.

Species Citation

Calliurichthys goodladi Whitley, 1944, Aust. Zool. 10(3): 270. Type locality: Cheyne Beach, Albany district, WA. 


Dianne J. Bray

Longspine Dragonet, Pseudocalliurichthys goodladi (Whitley 1944)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37427006

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:22 cm TL


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