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Paraplotosus albilabris  (Valenciennes, 1840)

Whitelipped eel catfish
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Australia country information

Common names: Cobbler, Whitelip catfish, White-lipped catfish
Occurrence: native
Salinity: brackish
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Ranges from Geographe Bay (33°35'S), Western Australia northward and eastward to the Capricorn Group (23°30'S) on the Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 31103). Relatively scarce on the east coast of Australia (Ref. 31103). Also Ref. 7300, 90102.
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Country Information: httpss://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
National Fisheries Authority: https://www.csiro.au/
Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Allen, G.R., 1998
National Database:

Classification / Names

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Plotosidae (Eeltail catfishes)
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Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 134 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2334); common length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9801)

Environment

Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 12 m (Ref. 90102)

Climate / Range

Tropical

Distribution

Indo-West Pacific: Indo-Australian Archipelago.
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Short description

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 104-115; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 90 - 100. Differs from Paraplotosus butleri in having a shorter dorsal fin and shorter nasal barbels, rounded pectoral fin shape, fewer upper procurrent caudal fin rays, and fewer gill rakers. Differs from P. muelleri in having a shorter dorsal fin and smaller eye (Ref. 31103). Color highly variable, ranging from pale grey or yellowish brown to dark brown, nearly blackish, sometimes with pronounced dark mottling; generally whitish on belly and ventral part of head; fins brown to blackish, frequently darker than body (Ref. 31103).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

In tropical areas, inhabits clear and turbid coral reefs; usually found in areas with mixed sand, weed, and coral areas (Ref. 31103). May be seen resting on sand bottoms under ledges or around coral bommies (Ref. 31103). Adults solitarily or in small groups. Presumably nocturnal (Ref. 31103). Feeds on gastropod mollusks and crustaceans (Ref. 31103). Spines associated with anterior fins have potent venom (Ref. 9801).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

Threat to humans

  Venomous (Ref. 9801)



Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805)
PD50 = 0.6250 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)

Trophic Level (Ref. 69278)
3.4   ±0.54 se; Based on food items.

Resilience (Ref. 69278)
Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.)

Vulnerability (Ref. 59153)
High to very high vulnerability (70 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown