Pseudomugil mellis Allen & Ivantsoff, 1982
Honey blue eye
Pseudomugil mellis
photo by Baesler, S.

Family:  Pseudomugilidae (Blue eyes)
Max. size:  3.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; brackish; pH range: 6 - 8; dH range: 5 - 12; depth range 20 - 20 m
Distribution:  Oceania: southern Queensland around the vicinity of Brisbane, Australia northward along the coast, 300 km to Bundaberg area.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Inhabits ponds and small streams near the sea; water typically dark (tea-like) with sand or mud bottom (pH=4.5-5.8, upper limit of water temperature 27.5°-32.5°C). Occurs in slow-flowing, tannin-stained creeks and coastal dune lakes in sandy country (locally known as 'wallum'). Found along grassy banks, often among reeds or water lilies (Ref. 44894). Closely related to Pseudomugil signifer.
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 06 February 2019 (B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv)) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless


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