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Genus Moolgarda Whitley, 1945



The genus has generally been recognised as Valamugil. Thompson (1997) regarded Moolgarda as a synonym of Liza based on examination of paratypes. Senou (2002) noted that the holotype of the type species of Moolgarda (M. pura) was a specimen of Valamugil seheli, the type species of Valamugil. The holotype probably does not exist, but the original description indicates that Senou (2002) was correct (Kottelat 2013). As a result Moolgarda is the older name.


Excluded Taxa


MUGILIDAE: Moolgarda speigleri Bleeker, 1858 [see Valamugil speigleri; a single Australian record of Moolgarda speigleri from the Burdekin River, QLD, held in the Australian Museum (A.18134) and reported by Thomson (1997), has since been re-identified as Moolgarda cunnesius (Ghasemzadeh pers. comm.)]

MUGILIDAE: Valamugil speigleri (Bleeker, 1858) — Thomson, J.M. 1997. The Mugilidae of the world. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 41(3): 457-562 fig. 1 [507]




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indo-west–central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Northeast Province (18), Norfolk Island Province (21), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory

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)
13-Apr-2015 MUGILIFORMES 09-Apr-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
12-Feb-2010 (import)