Natal Weedfish, Heteroclinus antinectes (Günther 1861)

An endemic weedfish known only from type specimens collected in Freycinet Harbour (Henri Freycinet Harbour), Shark Bay, Western Australia.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Heteroclinus antinectes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Feb 2023,

Natal Weedfish, Heteroclinus antinectes (Günther 1861)

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Endemic to Shark Bay, Western Australia. Inhabits seagrass beds.


Günther mentioned Cristiceps antinectes in a footnote relating to Cristiceps argentatus (= Clinitrachus argentatus from the Atlantic). He noted that Australian specimens had 'twenty-three soft rays in the anal fin'. In a footnote, he added 'Those who consider this variety as a separate species may call it Cristiceps  antinectes.'

Species Citation

Cristiceps antinectes Günther, 1861, Cat. Fishes Brit. Mus. 3: 273, 562. Type locality: Freycinet Harbor, Shark's Bay, West Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Natal Weedfish, Heteroclinus antinectes (Günther 1861)


Black, R., Robertson, A.I., Peterson, C.H. & Peterson, N.M. 1990. Fishes and benthos of near-shore seagrass and sandflat habitats at Monkey Mia Shark Bay, Western Australia. pp. 245-261 in Berry, P.F., Bradshaw, S.D. & Wilson, B.R. (eds). Research in Shark Bay: Report of the France-Australe Biocentenary Expedition Committee. Perth: Western Australia Museum, 180 pp.

Günther, A. 1861. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the acanthopterygian fishes in the collection of the British Museum. London : British Museum Vol. 3 586 pp. See ref at BHL

Hoese, D.F. 1976. A redescription of Heteroclinus adelaidae Castelnau (Pisces : Clinidae), with description of a related species. Australian Zoologist 19(1): 51-67 figs 1-7 See ref at BHL

Whitley, G.P. 1945. New sharks and fishes from Western Australia. Part 2. The Australian Zoologist 11(1): 1-42 figs 1-15 (as Petraites antinectes,lectotype designation). See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37416018

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-5 m

Habitat:Reef associated


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