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CAAB: 37429038

Species Oxyeleotris lineolata (Steindachner, 1867)

Sleepy Cod, Black Banded Guavina, Black-banded Gudgeon, Black-banded Loter, Daly River Gudgeon, Giant Gudgeon, Lined Guavina, Loter, Mud Gudgeon, Sleeper


Generic Combinations



Frequently misidentified as O. herwerdenii, considered to be a junior synonym of O. selheimi by some authors (e.g. Allen et al. 2002). However examination of types suggested that the species is probably a synonym of O. lineolata, based on the striped form. The stripe can be turned on and off in life. Further studies are needed to resolve the possibly synonymy.




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Durack River, WA (127°12'E) to Noosa, QLD (26°30'S), records to the west of Durack River are O. selheimi (see Morgan et al. 2011), translocations have modified the distribution (see Pusey et al. (2004); tropical, New Guinea.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Sturt Plateau (STU), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, freshwater.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1982. Inland Fishes of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 86 pp. 6 figs 20 pls. [59] (as O. herwerdenii)

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls. [197]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [313]

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. [557] (as Bunaka herwerdenii)

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. [1608]

Huey, J.A., Cook, B.D., Unmack, P.J., & Hughes. J.M. 2014. Broadscale phylogeographic structure of five freshwater fishes across the Australian monsoonal tropics. Freshwater Science 33(1): 273–287 [published online 26 December 2013]

Lake, J.S. 1978. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Melbourne : Thomas Nelson 160 pp. 140 figs. [69] (in part)

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. [71]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part III. Records of the Australian Museum 5: 329–436 [362] (also as Eleotris dalyensis)

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management. Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs. [303] (as O. herwerdenii)

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [55] (2008 as Bunaka herwerdenii, in part and 2010)


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 01-Jun-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
14-May-2015 GOBIOIDEI 07-Apr-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
12-Feb-2010 (import)