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Species Kurtus gulliveri Castelnau, 1878

Nurseryfish, Breakfast-fish, Humphead, Incubator-fish, Nursery Fish

Compiler and date details

4 May 2013 - Douglass F. Hoese, Gerald R. Allen, Norbert J. Cross & Connie J. Allen

2006 - Gerald R. Allen, Norbert J. Cross & Connie J. Allen




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Ord River, WA (15°28'S) to East Alligator River, NT (133°03'E) and Leichhardt River (139°45'E) to Saxby River, QLD (141°50'E); tropical, New Guinea (southern rivers).

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, WA: Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Pine Creek (PCK), Victoria Bonaparte (VB)

Ecological Descriptors

Estuary, freshwater.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [209]

Allen, G.R. 2001. Kurtidae. 3610 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. [p. 3610]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [352]

Berra, T.M, Gomelsky, B., Thompson, B.A, & Wedd, D. 2007. Reproductive anatomy, gonad development and spawning seasonality of nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes:Kurtidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 55: 211–217

Berra, T.M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. San Diego : Academic Press 604 pp.

Berra, T.M. 2003. Nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes: Kurtidae), from northern Australia: redescription, distribution, egg mass, and comparison with K. indicus from southeast Asia. Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwater 14(4): 295-306

Berra, T.M., Wedd, D. & Allsop, Q. 2004. Observation of egg carrying by male Nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes: Kurtidae), and natural history notes from northern Australia. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 20: 187–193

Berra, T.M. & Humphrey, J.D. 2002. Gross anatomy and histology of the hook and skin of male nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri, from northern Australia. Environmental Biology of Fishes 65: 263-270

Berra, T.M. & Neira, F.J. 2003. Early life history of the nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri, from northern Australia. Copeia 2003(2): 384-390

Berra, T.M. & Wedd, D. 2001. Alimentary canal anatomy and diet of the nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes: Kurtidae) from the Northern Territory of Australia. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 17: 21-25

Carpenter, K.E., Berra, T.M. & Humphries Jr. J.M. 2004. Swim bladder and posterior lateral line nerve of Nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes: Kurtidae). Journal of Morphology 260: 193–200

Ezaz, T., Berra, T.M. & Graves, J.A.M. 2007. Karyotype of the Australian Nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Kurtidae: Perciformes). Chromosome Science 9: 85–88 [dated 2006]

Lake, J.S. 1978. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Melbourne : Thomas Nelson 160 pp. 140 figs. [74]

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. [75]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [236]

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management. Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs. [315]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [121] (794)

Roberts, T.R. 1978. An ichthyological survey of the Fly River in Papua New Guinea with descriptions of new species. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 281: 1-72 figs 1-39 [69]

Sommer, J.A., Li, C., Brozek, J., Bessert, M.L., Ortí, G. & Berra, T.M. 2011. Low genetic diversity in Nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes: Kurtidae), and an appraisal of its breeding system using microsatellite loci. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 27: 179–188

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [46] (1270)


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)
07-May-2013 13-Nov-2019 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)