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Species Hephaestus jenkinsi (Whitley, 1945)

Western Sooty Grunter, Jenkin's Sooty Grunter, Jenkins Grunter, Jenkins' Grunter, Ord River Grunter, Sooty Grunter



Pusey et al. (2016) indicated data from nuclear genes suggested that H. tulliensis, H. fuliginosus and H. jenkensi belong to a single species, but data from mitocondrial genes suggested the species are distinct species.




Northern Territory, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Meda River, WA (124º02´E) to Victoria River, NT (131º07´E); tropical.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, WA: Central Kimberley (CK), Dampierland (DL), Northern Kimberley (NK), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Victoria Bonaparte (VB)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Freshwater, omnivore.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1982. Inland Fishes of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 86 pp. 6 figs 20 pls. [47]

Allen, G.R., Cross, N. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Terapontidae. pp. 1331-1342 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1335]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [223]

Davis, A.M., Unmack, P.J., Pusey, B.J., Pearson, R.G. & Morgan, D.L. 2013. Ontogenetic development of intestinal length and relationships to diet in an Australasian fish family (Terapontidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 53, 16 pp.

Larson, H.K. & Martin, K.C. 1990. Freshwater Fishes of the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences Handbook Series Number 1. Darwin : Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences 102 pp. 73 figs. [50]

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [533]

Pusey, B.J., Bentley, A., Burrow, D., Perna, C., Davis, A. & Hughes, J. 2016. Complex and contrasting evolutionary histories within the terapontid genus Hephaestus revealed by nuclear and mitochondrial genes. Marine and Freshwater Research 67(12): 1813–1825 (provided evidence of interbreeding with H. fuliginosus and suggested that the species might be a synonym of H. fuliginosus)

Unmack, P.J. 2001. Biogeography of Australian freshwater fishes. Journal of Biogeography 28: 1053-1089 [1063]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
03-Sep-2018 TERAPONTIDAE 01-May-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
05-Dec-2012 05-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED