Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Eleotridae
(Sleepers) > Eleotrinae
Etymology: Mogurnda: Aboriginal name used in Australia. More on author: Richardson.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 9 - 19. Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 2060); 7°S - 19°S
Oceania: Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 11344); common length : 10.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259)
Found in a wide range environments from desert bores and muddy swamps to clear jungle streams. Inhabits rivers, creeks and billabongs, in quiet or slowly flowing sections among vegetation or rocks. Young fish feed mostly on microcrustaceans. Adult fish prey upon insects, crustaceans, worms, mollusks, fishes and plant materials. Spawns during the rainy season (November to March). Female produces several batches of 100-500 eggs which are deposited on rocks or logs. The males guards and fans the eggs until hatching, which takes about 8-10 days. The population on the Barkly Tableland (Northern Territory) may eventually prove to be a separate species (Ref. 44894).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Female may produce several batches of 100-150 eggs which are deposited on rocks or logs. Eggs are guarded and fanned by the male until hatching, which takes 8-10 days
Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
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=0.01047 (0.00452 - 0.02424), b=3.06 (2.86 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.46 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .