Hypseleotris galii (Ogilby, 1898)
Firetailed gudgeon
photo by Coughran, J.

Family:  Eleotridae (Bully sleepers), subfamily: Eleotrinae
Max. size:  5.5 cm TL (male/unsexed); 4 cm TL (female)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Oceania: coastal drainages of eastern Australia from Fraser Island, Queensland to Eden in southern New South Wales.
Biology:  Occurs in streams, ponds, swamps and drains, usually among aquatic weeds. Juveniles feed on zooplankton while adults on insects, larvae and small crustaceans. Breeds between October and January in response to rising water temperatures. Male colouration intensifies at this time. Eggs are laid underneath rock ledges, logs or leaves and are guarded and fanned by the male parent until hatching, 3-5 days later (Ref. 44894).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 February 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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