Hoese's Mudbrotula, Dermatopsis hoesei Møller & Schwarzhans 2006

Dermatopsis hoesei. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small secretive pale bythitid with faint pigment on top of the head.

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Hoese's Mudbrotula, Dermatopsis hoesei Møller & Schwarzhans 2006

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Summerland Bay (29°32'S) to Bitangabee (37°13'S), New South Wales. Inhabits shallow inshore rocky reefs.


Dorsal fin 67-77; Anal fin 46-53; Vertebrae 11-14 + 27-31 = 40-43. 
Scales absent; posterior nostril large, about half size of eye; lower preopercular pore large, about size of posterior nostril or larger; weak spine on maxilla positioned behind rear tip of eye; single pair of pseudoclaspers curved, expanded and paddle-like, longer than penis, without fleshy appendices; otolith with pointed posterior tip and concavity above and massive postdorsal angle, otolith length to height ratio 1.9-2.0, sulcus with divided colliculi.


Live bearer - a female specimen contained three embryos.


The species is named hoesei for Doug Hoese, of the Australian Museum, Sydney.

Species Citation

Dermatopsis hoesei Møller & Schwarzhans, 2006, The Beagle 22: 47, figs 3-4. Type locality: Bitangabee Bay, NSW, 0-1.5 m. [37°13'S, 150°00'E]. 


Dianne J. Bray

Hoese's Mudbrotula, Dermatopsis hoesei Møller & Schwarzhans 2006


Cohen, D.M. 1966. A new tribe and a new species of ophidioid fish. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 79(28): 183-204 figs 1-5 (in part as Dermatopsis macrodon)
Møller, P.R. & Schwarzhans, W. 2006. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei, Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific. Part II. Dermatopsis, Dermatopsoides and Dipulus with description of six new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 22: 39-76.

Whitley, G.P. 1935. Studies in Ichthyology No. 9. Records of the Australian Museum 19(4): 215-250 figs 1-11 pl. 18 (in part as Dermatopsis macrodon)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37228097

Biology:Live bearer

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4 cm SL


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