Mogurnda thermophila Allen & Jenkins, 1999
Dalhousie mogurnda
Mogurnda thermophila
photo by Armstrong, N.

Family:  Eleotridae (Sleepers), subfamily: Eleotrinae
Max. size:  13.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Oceania: central Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 10-12. Color: three reddish diagonal stripes on head; body with many red spots overlying about 12 faint bluish bars (Ref. 44894).
Biology:  Inhabits artesian springs and associated swampy areas over a wide range of temperatures (13°-36°C). At one spring it was found in temperatures ranging from 21.6°-35.6°C, although it was most abundant in the cooler, downstream sections. Feeds on filamentous green algae, snails and fishes. Co-occurs with 5 other species at Dalhousie springs including Neosilurus gloveri (Plotosidae), Craterocephalus dalhousiensis and C. gloveri (Atherinidae), Leiopotherapon unicolor (Terapontidae) and Chlamydogobius gloveri (Gobiidae) (Ref. 44894).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 05.01.03
Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 18.07.06

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