Orange Eelpout, Dipulus caecus Waite 1905

Other Names: Blindfish

An Orange Eelpout, Dipulus caecus, at night in the Swan River estuary, Western Australia, August 2018. Source: jmartincrossley / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Orange Eelpout, Dipulus caecus Waite 1905

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Endemic to Western Australia, from Cape Leeuwin to Point Quobba.


Dorsal fin 161-191; Anal fin 109-124; Vertebrae 22-25 + 57-65 = 79-87. Body very elongate, almost eel-like; broad angle on ventral maxilla positioned behind rear of eye; exposed opercular spine small, short, straight; lower lip with prominent skin folds; D/A 58-75, V/A 27-2. 
Scales absent; no supraorbital pore behind eye; lower preopercular pores 2; posterior infraorbital pores 3.
Single pair of pseudoclaspers curved outwards, with narrow base and pointed tip, with broadly expanded fleshy flaps anteriorly and posteriorly; penis small, less than half the length of pseudoclaspers, with hook at tip; otoliths pointed anteriorly, rounded posteriorly, predorsal angle more pronounced than postdorsal angle.

Species Citation

Dipulus caecus Waite 1905, Records of the Australian Museum 6(2): 78, pl. 11(2). Type locality: Fremantle, Western Australia


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Orange Eelpout, Dipulus caecus Waite 1905


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Nielsen, J.G., Cohen, D.M., Markle, D.F. & Robins, C.R. 1999. Ophidiiform Fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 18. 178 pp. 

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CAAB Code:37228026


Depth:0-32 m

Max Size:20 cm SL


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