Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Eleotridae
(Sleepers) > Butinae
Etymology: Oxyeleotris: Greek, oxys = sharp + The name of a Nile fish, eleotris (Ref. 45335). More on author: Weber.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range ? - 5 m (Ref. 86942). Tropical; 2°S - 6°S
Oceania: known only from the Sepik and Ramu river system in Papua New Guinea. Asia: Lake Sentani in Irian Jaya, Indonesia (western New Guinea).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2847); 39.6 cm SL (female); common length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9162); common length :30 cm SL (female); max. published weight: 1.8 kg (Ref. 9162); max. published weight: 1.8 kg
Morphology | Morphometrics
Commonly found throughout the lower altitudes of the Sepik River basin, preferring still waters of floodplain lakes, swamps and inundated floodplain. Rarely found in the main river channel. Feeds mainly on the eleotrid fish Ophieleotris aporos and large crustaceans such as Macrobrachium prawns. Also caught using pots, handlines harpoons, hand nets, scoop nets, and others. Female reaches 39.6 cm SL (Ref. 9162).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., 1991. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of New Guinea. Publication, no. 9. 268 p. Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 2847)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00436 - 0.02294), b=3.04 (2.83 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Fec = 15,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .