, Volume 80, Issue 4, pp 489-490
Date: 14 Nov 2006

Threatened fishes of the world: Chlamydogobius micropterus Larson, 1995 (Gobiidae)

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Common name: Elizabeth Springs goby. Conservation status: Critically Endangered (IUCN international red list, 2004, Aust. Soc. Fish Biol. 2005). Identification: D1 III-VI, D2 I, 6–8, A I, 5–7, P1 11–13. Differs from other Chlamydogobius spp. in having all fins reduced with fewer spines and less intense colouration (Larson 1995). Reaches 62 mm TL. Back colouration greenish brown, lighter on sides. Belly cream to white. Mature males become golden brown. First dorsal gray with pale yellow distal margin and pale blue spot on posterior edge. Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins are blue gray with a whitish blue margin. Photograph by Gunther E. Schmida. Distribution: Elizabeth Springs on Springvale Station 80 km southeast of Boulia, western Queensland, Australia (23°20′30"S, 140°34′40"E). Abundance: Precise population counts are not possible, but population size based on area of suitable habitat has been estimated at between 1000 and 2000 individuals (Wager 1995). Recent observations (2002) s