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: Philypnodon: Greek, phyleo = to like + Greek, ypnos = excrement + Greek, odous = teeth.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal. Subtropical
Oceania: endemic to Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259); common length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5259)
Found in still and flowing waters; often abundant in dams and lakes, usually among weeds or over mud bottoms. Occurs in reservoirs and brackish estuaries, less common in gently flowing streams (Ref. 44894). Feeds on crustaceans, insects, other fishes and tadpoles (Ref. 44894). In breeding season (mainly spring to summer), males darken and display more vibrant fin markings. Females lay a clutch of eggs on a hard surface such as a rock or piece of wood. The male cares for the nest, chasing away intruders and fanning the eggs with his pectoral fins. Hatching occurs after 4-6 days (Ref. 44894).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Allen, G.R., 1989. Freshwater fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey. (Ref. 5259)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg 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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .