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Species Mogurnda adspersa (Castelnau, 1878)

Southern Purplespotted Gudgeon, Chequered Gudgeon, Purple Spotted Gudgeon, Purple-spotted Gudgeon, Southern Purple-spotted Gudgeon, Trout Gudgeon


Miscellaneous Literature Names



Mogurnda adspersa is probably a species complex consisting of at least two separate species (see Adams et al. 2013). Referred to as M. striata (Steindachner, 1866) in some older literature, however the type specimen for this species is lost and the original description is inadequate to properly determine its identity. M. striata is considered incertae sedis in Eleotridae.




New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Coastal drainages from Pascoe River, QLD (12°44'S) to Clarence River, NSW (29°29'S), formerly common in the Murray-Darling drainage from Macquarie River, NSW (32°15'S) to Onkaparinga River, SA (35°S and 137° to 146°E) and south to Stawell in VIC (37°03'S) but currently thought to be extinct in VIC and almost extinct in all but the eastern most tributaries of the upper Darling River; subtropical.

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, Qld, SA, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Kanmantoo (KAN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors



General References

Adams, M., Page, T.J., Hurwood, D.A & Hughes, J.M. 2013. A molecular assessment of species boundaries and phylogenetic affinities in Mogurnda (Eleotridae): a case study of cryptic biodiversity in the Australian freshwater fishes. Marine and Freshwater Research 64: 920-931 [928]

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [194]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [305]

Allen, G.R. & Jenkins, A.P. 1999. A review of the Australian freshwater gudgeons, genus Mogurnda (Eleotridae) with descriptions of three new species. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 3(4): 141-155 [144]

Boxall, G.D., Sandberg, J.J. & Kroon, F.J. 2002. Population structure, movement and habitat preferences of the purple-spotted gudgeon Mogurnda adspersa. Marine and Freshwater Research 53: 909-917

Cadwallader, P.L. & Backhouse, G.N. 1983. A Guide to the Freshwater Fish of Victoria. Melbourne : F.D. Atkinson Government Printer 249 pp. figs. [140]

Hoese, D.F. 2006. Eleotridae. pp. 1596-1611 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. [1605]

Hoese, D.F., Larson, H.K. & Llewellyn, L.C. 1980. Family Eleotridae: gudgeons. pp. 169-185 19 figs in McDowall, R.M. (ed.). Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed 208 pp., figs, 32 pls. [177]

Hurwood D.A. & Hughes J.M. 1998. Phylogeography of the freshwater fish, Mogurnda adspersa, in streams of northeastern Queensland, Australia: evidence for altered drainage patterns. Molecular Ecology 7: 1507–1517

Koumans, F.P. 1953. The Fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Gobioidea. Leiden : Brill Vol. 10 423 pp. 95 figs. [374] (as M. mogurnda adspersus)

Lake, J.S. 1978. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Melbourne : Thomas Nelson 160 pp. 140 figs. [71]

Leggett, R. & Merrick, J.R. 1987. Australian Native Fishes for Aquariums. Artarmon : J.R. Merrick Publications 241 pp. 142 figs.

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part III. Records of the Australian Museum 5: 329–436 [363] (as M. mogurnda adspersus and M. striatus)

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management. Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs. [296]

Pusey, B.J., Kennard, M.J. & Arthington, A.H. 2004. Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia. Collingwood, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing 684 pp. [544]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [55] (2014, as M. striata)


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)
04-Dec-2018 GOBIOIDEI 31-May-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
14-May-2015 GOBIOIDEI 28-Apr-2014 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED