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Datnioides campbelli WHITLEY, 1939

New Guinea Tiger Perch

October 28th, 2015 — 10:35am

Apparently restricted to the southern portion of New Guinea, between the Lorentz River in Papua province, Indonesia, and Kikori River in Gulf province, Papua New Guinea. The majority of records pertain to the lower Fly River basin in Western province, southwestern Papua New Guinea.

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Neosilurus brevidorsalis (GÜNTHER, 1867)

Shortfin Tandan

June 19th, 2013 — 10:30pm

Type locality is ‘Nicol Bay, Cape York, Queensland, Australia’, and this species is restricted to the tips of northern Australia and southern Papua New Guinea.

In Australia records exist only from the Jardine and Jackson river systems on the Cape York Peninsula, while in Papua New Guinea it’s known from the Fly River plus some other drainages.

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Butis amboinensis (BLEEKER, 1853)

Olive Flathead Gudgeon

September 26th, 2012 — 2:04pm

This species is not traded for aquaria but is occasionally exported as bycatch among shipments of other species. It differs from congeners in that the outermost row of teeth are not enlarged plus the interorbital space and cheek below eye are not scaled.

Butis spp. are largely nocturnal ambush predators with cryptic…

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Stiphodon atratus WATSON, 1996

September 21st, 2012 — 10:05am

Type locality is given as ‘Stream at end of long narrow bay, Waigeo Island, Irian Jaya, Indonesia’, with the species also known from rivers draining the northern slope of New Guinea as well as Halmahera Island (Indonesia), the Admiralty Islands (Papua New Guinea), the Bismarck Archipelago (Papua New Guinea), D’Entrecasteaux Islands (Papua New Guinea), Louisiade Archipelago (Papua New Guinea), Bougainville (Papua New Guinea), Vanuatu, and…

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Sicyopus discordipinnis WATSON, 1995

September 19th, 2012 — 2:53pm

The fused pelvic fins form a structure normally referred to as the ‘pelvic disc’, a common feature among gobiids which is used to adhere to rocks and other submerged surfaces. In Sicyopus, as in Stiphodon, this is short-based and attached to the belly only between the fifth pair of fin rays whereas in other sicydiines it’s attached between all five rays (Watson, 2005).

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Sicyopus zosterophorus (BLEEKER, 1856)

September 18th, 2012 — 12:29pm

Type locality is given as ‘Boleling, northern Bali, Indonesia’ which appears to correspond to modern-day Buleleng, but this species is currently understood to have a patchy but wide distribution with a range stretching westwards from the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia), throughout much of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, and most recently, southern mainland China…

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Pseudomugil tenellus TAYLOR, 1964

Delicate Blue-eye

September 17th, 2012 — 4:42pm

Euryhaline and mostly inhabits coastal floodplains where it’s found in both fresh and brackish habitats, including tidal estuaries and salt marshes. It’s particularly common in swamps, billabongs, and slow-moving streams where aquatic vegetation grows densely, but some populations have colonised upper sections of freshwater streams. Larger individuals may also move into main river channels.

Tappin (2010) gives the following ranges of parameters based on those taken from various localities: temperature 27 – 38 °C, pH 5…

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Pseudomugil cyanodorsalis ALLEN & SARTI, 1983

Neon Blue-eye

September 17th, 2012 — 11:23am

Euryhaline and thus capable of withstanding significant fluctuations in salinity and other water conditions. It’s been recorded in full marine conditions as well as pure freshwater environments, and commonly inhabits coastal mangrove creeks and swamps.

Such changes may occur on a daily or seasonal basis depending on locality, with some habitats influenced by daily tides whereas others become hypersal…

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Stiphodon rutilaureus WATSON, 1996

March 13th, 2012 — 1:26pm

This species is not traded commercially at present and the specimen pictured above was brought back from northern Papua New Guinea by private collectors in 2008. It's diagnosable from other members in the genus by possession of 10 segmented rays in the second dorsal fin, males with filamentous spines in the firstandusually with 14 rays. Colour patterning in males is also distinctive (see 'Sexual Dimorphism').

The Gobiidae is the most speciose vert…

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Stiphodon birdsong WATSON, 1996

March 13th, 2012 — 1:25pm

This species probably hasn't been seen in the trade yet but should make an interesting aquarium fish if it ever becomes available. Within the genus it's most similar to S. surrufus and S. mele from which it differs only in terms of meristics. In description it's distinguished from the former only by possession of more teeth in the upper jaw although images of live specimens depict S. surrufus as a more intensely-coloured, reddish fi…

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