Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory

<I>Tricopodus pectoralis</I>

Tricopodus pectoralis


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CAAB: 37453000



Compiler and date details

22 August 2014 - Douglass F. Hoese & Matthew M. Lockett


The family of gouramies includes four subfamilies, 14 genera and about 90 species (Nelson 2006). Gouramies are found in freshwaters of Southeast Asia west to India. The current classification is based on work of Britz et al. (1995), Brits (2001), Rüber et al. (2006) and Rüber (2009).

The fishes are popular in the aquarium trade. Several species are imported into Australia, but only one was previously known to occur in the wild (Coerfield et al 2008), but recently a second species has been found (Larson et al. 2013)..


General References

Britz, R. 2001. The genus Betta—monophyly and intrarelationships, with remarks on the subfamilies Macropodinae and Luciocephalinae (Teleostei: Osphronemidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 12: 305–318

Britz, R., Kokoscha, M. & Riehl, R. 1995. The anabantoid genera Ctenops, Luciocephalus, Parasphaerichthys, and Sphaerichthys (Teleostei: Perciformes) as a monophyletic group: Evidence from egg surface. structure and reproductive behaviour. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 42: 71–79

Corfield, J., Diggles, B., Jubb, C., McDowall, R.M., Moore, A., Richards, A. & Rowe, D.K. 2008. Review of the impacts of introduced ornamental fish species that have established wild populations in Australia. Prepared for the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 277 pp.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 601 pp.

Regan, C.T. 1910. The Asiatic fishes of the family Anabantidae. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1909(4): 767-787 [pl. 79]

Rüber, L., Britz, R. & Zardoya, R. 2006. Molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary diversification of labyrinth fishes (Perciformes: Anabantoidei). Systematic Biology 55(3): 374–397

Rüber, L.. 2009. Labyrinth fishes (Anabantoidei). pp. 344-347 in Hedges, S.B. & Kumar, S. (eds.). The Timetree of Life. Oxford : Oxford University Press 772 pp.


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)
ANABANTOIDEI 01-Jun-2012 ADDED Dr Doug Hoese