Eastern Yellow Blindfish, Dermatopsis macrodon Ogilby 1896

Other Names: Fleshfish

An Eastern Yellow Blindfish, Dermatopsis macrodon, from Crystal Pool, Norfolk Island, Tasman Sea. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A small secretive live-bearing bythitid found on shallow rocky reefs.

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Eastern Yellow Blindfish, Dermatopsis macrodon Ogilby 1896

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Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, to Jervis Bay, New South Wales, and possibly south to northern Tasmania.
Inhabits rocky shores, often buried in sand, mud or silt below stones or rocky substrates.


A live bearer - a female specimen contained two embryos.

Species Citation

Dermatopsis macrodon Ogilby, 1896, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 21(2): 140. Type locality: Maroubra, Sydney, NSW.


Dianne J. Bray

Eastern Yellow Blindfish, Dermatopsis macrodon Ogilby 1896


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 (fig. 2A, as Dermatopsis macrodon, in part)

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2.

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Bythitidae. pp. 356-359 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

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.

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.

Nielsen. J.G. 1999. Families Carapidae, Ophidiidae, Bythitidae, Aphionidae. pp. 1978-1985 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37228020

Biology:Live bearer

Depth:0-12 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL


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