Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Bythitidae
(Viviparous brotulas) > Bythitinae
Etymology: Microbrotula: Greek, mikros = small + Latin, brotula, -ae = little, bud, shoot (Ref. 45335); queenslandica: Named after the Australian state of Queensland where the types were collected (Great Barrier Reef) (Ref. 54832).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 22 - 30 m (Ref. 54832). Tropical
Southwestern Pacific: endemic to Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54832); 3.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 62 - 63;
Vertebrae: 48. A species of Microbrotula distinguished by the following set of characters: vertebrae 12 + 36 = 48; D 78-80, A 62-63, pectoral-fin rays 11, caudal fin rays 6; dorsal-fin origin above vertebra 7; anterior anal fin origin below dorsal fin ray 21; anal-fin origin below vertebrae 15–17; head with separated scale patches on cheek and occiput, absent on opercle; numerous papillae on entire head; no lateral-line papillae; forward-curved spine at lower angle of preopercle with two points, hidden by skin; 3 posterior mandibular pores, 1 lower preopercular pore; palatine with papillae-like teeth; elongated otolith, length to height, 2.3; otolith length to colliculum length, 2.3 (Ref. 88975).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Anderson, M.E., 2005. Three new species of Microbrotula (Teleostei: Ophidiiformes: Bythitidae) from the Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa 1006:33-42. (Ref. 54832)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.1 - 26.4, mean 26.1 (based on 6 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .