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Dottybacks, Eel-blennies, Lathfishes

Compiler and date details

10 January 2012 - Anthony C. Gill, Gerald R. Allen, Norbert J. Cross, Douglass F. Hoese & Dianne J. Bray

December 2006 - Anthony C. Gill, Gerald R. Allen, Norbert J. Cross, Douglass F. Hoese & Dianne J. Bray


Members of the Pseudochromidae were treated by Paxton et al. (1989) and Gill (2004). The family Congrogadidae is now regarded as a subfamily of Pseudochromidae (Godkin & Winterbottom 1985; Mooi et al. 1990; Gill et al. 1991; Nelson 1994). The family includes a total of four subfamilies (Nelson 1994); representatives from three are found in Australian waters.

Gill (1999) provided a key which deals with many of the Australian species. Currently, the family contains 24 genera and 151 recognised species, with 14 genera and 37 species known from Australia.


General References

Gill, A.C. 1999. Family Pseudochromidae. pp. 2557-2577 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. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Gill, A.C. 2004. Revision of the Indo-Pacific dottyback fish subfamily Pseudochrominae (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Smithiana, Publication in Aquatic Biodiversity, Monographs 1: 1-213

Gill, A.C. 2013. Classification and relationships of Assiculus and Assiculoides (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Zootaxa 3718(2): 128-136

Gill, A.C., Randall, J.E. & Edwards, A.J. 1991. Pseudoplesiops collare a new species of fish from Indonesia, with lectotype designation of Nematochromis annae Weber (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae: Pseudoplesiopinae). Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 18: 75-78

Godkin, C.M. & Winterbottom, R. 1985. Phylogeny of the family Congrogadidae (Pisces; Perciformes) and its placement as a subfamily of the Pseudochromidae. Bulletin of Marine Science 36(3): 633-671 figs 1-15

Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. 2006. 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. [1058]

Mooi, R.D., Winterbottom, R. & Burridge. M. 1990. Egg surface morphology, development and evolution in the Congrogadinae. Canadian Journal of Zoology 68: 923-924

Nelson, J.S. 1994. Fishes of the World. New York : John Wiley & Sons 600 pp.

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 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)
26-Nov-2012 16-Jul-2015 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)