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: Belobranchus: Greek, belos, -eos = any projectile + Greek, brangchia = gills (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal. Tropical; 19°N - 11°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 19.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. Color pattern consists of many narrow dark horizontal lines on the sides (one per scale row), generally light brown bands alternating with dark brown midlateral stripes, and the caudal fin is always spotted, alternating white and brown bands. Distinguished from Belobranchus segura by the combination of the following characters: 27-35 scales in transverse forward series (vs. 22-28); 21-34 predorsal scales (vs. 16-23); 20-23 transverse back series (vs. 18-21); head length 29-36% of SL (vs. 26-31% of SL) and predorsal length 40-46% SL (vs. (38-42 % SL) (Ref. 91761).
Asia and Oceania: Indonesia, Philippines, and New Guinea. Also from Japan (Ref. 43239).
Occurs in estuaries and coastal streams, usually over rocky or gravel bottoms.
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00419 - 0.02501), b=3.07 (2.86 - 3.28), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.1 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 to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .