Smalleye Catfish, Euristhmus microphthalmus Murdy & Ferraris 2006


Euristhmus microphthalmus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A slender eel-tailed catfish with a small eye.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Euristhmus microphthalmus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/3302

Smalleye Catfish, Euristhmus microphthalmus Murdy & Ferraris 2006

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Distribution

Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Western Australia, to Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in West Papua, Indonesia. Inhabits inshore soft bottom areas.

Similar Species

Differs from other species of Euristhmus in having a small eye, length is less than 13% of head length. E. microphthalmus also has the greatest ratio between head width and head length, and the least ratio between eye length and preanal length.

Etymology

The specific name microphthalmus is from the Greek micro, small, and ophthalmus, eye, in reference to the small eye of this species in comparison to other members of the genus Euristhmus.

Species Citation

Euristhmus microphthalmus Murdy & Ferraris 2006, The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 22: 84, figs 1A, 2C, 4, 7. Type locality: Woods Inlet, Darwin Harbour, NT [12°30'S, 130°45'E]. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Smalleye Catfish, Euristhmus microphthalmus Murdy & Ferraris 2006

References


Murdy, E.O. & Ferraris, C.J., Jr 2006. A revision of the marine eel-tailed catfish genus Euristhmus (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Plotosidae). The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 22: 77-90

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37192024

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Inshore, soft bottom

Max Size:37 cm SL

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