Natalichthys ori Winterbottom, 1980
Natal snakelet
Natalichthys ori
photo by SFSA

Family:  Pseudochromidae (Dottybacks), subfamily: Congrogadinae
Max. size:  7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: known only from 2 specimens apparently collected from Umhlangakulu River, Natal, South Africa (30°04.16'S, 30°21.78'E?).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 52-53; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 42-43. Gill membranes fused but free from isthmus. Lateral line short. No scales on cheeks.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 20 July 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.91
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 13.09.94
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 29.07.94

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