Inconspicuous Blue Eye, Pseudomugil inconspicuus Roberts 1978

Other Names: Inconspicuous Blue-eye

Inconspicuous Blue Eye, Pseudomugil inconspicuus, Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory. Source: Dave Wilson / License: All rights reserved

A small, slender mostly semi-transparent blue-eye sometimes with pale yellow fins.

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Inconspicuous Blue Eye, Pseudomugil inconspicuus Roberts 1978

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Darwin area to near the mouth of the Roper River, Northern Territory. Elsewhere, the species occurs in New Guinea. Inhabits mangrove-lined creeks and fringing coastal mangroves in brackish to marine waters. Individuals aggregate among submerged roots or inundated leaves and branches, and may form large schools.


Dorsal fin III-IV, 5-6; Anal fin, I 10-12. Predorsal scales 14-17.

Species Citation

Pseudomugil inconspicuus Roberts 1978, Smithson. Contrib. Zool. 281: 53. Type locality: tributary of Fly River, Papua New Guinea. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Inconspicuous Blue Eye, Pseudomugil inconspicuus Roberts 1978


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37245018

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Estuaries, mangroves

Max Size:3.5 cm TL

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