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 Recorded In Australia
 Terrestrial Habitats

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The Flathead Gudgeon is an

species with two short-based dorsal fins. It has a broad, flattened head with rows of small

. The mouth is large, extending back to below the middle to rear half of the eye in males and under the front of the eye in females. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
Images, Occurrence record
Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
Australian National Fish Collection Images
Authoritative image, Images, Occurrence record
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CCARP Database of Watering Requirements - Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Images, Occurrence record
Seafood Services Australia
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: A slender medium-sized gudgeon with a very large head and mouth.
Description : Usually brownish with dark blotches on sides and thin dark lines on sides of belly. Large individuals are more monochrome. Two dorsal fins, typical of gudgeons and gobies; the first being much shorter than the second. Body slender, tapering posteriorly. Head large and flattened and cheeks becoming bulbous in large males. Mouth large, reaching to below rear half of eye.
Biology : A voracious predator of small fish, crustaceans and insects. Spawns from Spring to Summer. Females deposit a cluster of 500-1000 eggs onto a hard surface. Eggs, to 2mm long, are elongate, pointed at the adhesive base and blunt at the other. Males guard and fan the eggs until they hatch after 4-6 days.
Habitat: Usually in less turbulent stretches of freshwater rivers, but sometimes in brackish coastal lagoons and estuaries.
Native status: Native.
Maximum size (cm): 11
Diet: Carnivore
Dangerous: Harmless.
Colours: Grey, Brown, Yellowish, Black
Distribution: Eastern Australia
Habitat types: Freshwater
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Ralph Foster & Amanda Manuel / South Australian Museum
Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 26968
Kingdom: animals
Class: ray-finned fishes
Family: Eleotridae
vernacular name: flathead gudgeon
scientificNameAuthorship: (Krefft, 1864)
status: #N/A
sourceStatus: #N/A
QLD_NCA_status_description: #N/A
Endemicity: QA
Endemicity_description: Australian endemic
Fishbase List of Freshwater Fishes reported from Australia
order: Perciformes
family: Eleotridae
status: endemic
fishbase name: Flathead gudgeon
vernacular name: Flathead gudgeon

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Philypnodon grandiceps


Synonyms Source
Eleotris grandiceps Krefft, 1864 Krefft, 1864 Krefft, 1864
Published in: Krefft, G. 1864. Notes on Australian freshwater fishes, and descriptions of four new species. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 1864 pp. 182-184
Eleotris gymnocephalus Steindachner, 1866 Steindachner, 1866 Steindachner, 1866
Published in: Steindachner, F. 1866. Über die Fische von Port Jackson in Australien. Anz. K. Akad. Wiss. Math.-Naturwiss Kl. Vol. 3 (7) pp. 50-55
Eleotris nudiceps Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1872. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 1. The Melbourne fish market. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 1 pp. 29-242 1 pl.
Eleotris (Eleotroides) melbournensis Sauvage, 1880 Sauvage, 1880 Sauvage, 1880
Published in: Sauvage, H.E. 1880. Description des gobioides nouveaux ou peu connus de la collection du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle. Bull. Soc. Philomath. Paris Ser. 7 Vol. 4 pp. 40-58
Ophiorrhinus angustifrons Ogilby, 1898 Ogilby, 1898 Ogilby, 1898
Published in: Ogilby, J.D. 1898. On some Australian Eleotrinae. Part 2. Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. Vol. 22 (4) pp. 783-793

Common Names

Common name Source
Flathead Gudgeon
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Big-headed Gudgeon
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Bull Head
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Bull-headed Gudgeon
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Flat-headed Gudgeon
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Yarra Gudgeon
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Working classification

Philypnodon grandiceps  Recorded in Australia

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