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Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842)
Oriental Weatherloach; Cobitis anguillicaudata Cantor, 1842

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Species Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842)


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CAAB : 37170001 Taxon concept Misgurnus_anguillicaudatus last modified 2013-05-07 14:08:01.409

Species Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842)

Oriental Weatherloach

Compiler and date details

28 May 2012 - Dianne J. Bray

2006 - Douglass F. Hoese




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

Scattered localities in south-eastern Australia; tropical; temperate.

Introduced from Asia.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
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drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


ACT, NSW, SA, Vic: Murray Darling Depression (MDD), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • South Australia: Murray-Darling basin
    • Victoria: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Bottom-dweller, freshwater.


General References

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia . Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [363]

Allen, S. 1984. Occurrence of juvenile weatherfish Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Pisces: Cobitidae) in the Yarra River. Victorian Naturalist 101 : 240–242 (first confirmed naturalised population in Australia)

Arthington, A. & McKenzie, F. 1997. Review of Impacts of Displaced/Introduced Fauna Associated with Inland Waters. State of the Environment Technical Paper Series (Inland Waters). Department of the Environment : Canberra. 69 pp. [12]

Burchmore, J., Faragher, R. & Thorncraft, G. 1989. Occurrence of the introduced oriental weather loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) in the Wingecarribee River, New South Wales. pp. 38-46 in Pollard, D.A. Introduced and translocated fishes and their ecological effects . Magnetic Island : Proceedings of the Australian Society for Fish Biology Workshop No. 8. [38]

Corfield, J., Diggles, B., Jubb, C., McDowall, R.M., Moore, A., Richards, A. & Rowe, D.K. 2008. Review of the impacts of introduced ornamental fish species that have established wild populations in Australia. Prepared for the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 277 pp. [34]

Hammer, M.P. & Walker, K.F. 2004. A catalogue of South Australian freshwater fishes, including new records, range extensions and translocations. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 128 (2): 85-97 [91]

Hoese, D.F. 2006. Cobitidae. p. 348 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In , Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35 . Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [348]

Keller, R.P. & Lake, P.S. 2007. Potential impacts of a recent and rapidly spreading coloniser of Australian freshwaters: Oriental weatherloach ( Misgurnus anguillicaudatus ). Ecology of Freshwater Fish 16 : 124–132

Koster, W.M., Raadik, T.A. & Clunie, P. 2002. Scoping study of the potential spread and impact of the exotic fish Oriental weatherloach in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: a draft management strategy. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Melbourne. pp. 15

Koster, W.M., Raadik, T.A. & Clunie, P. 2002. Scoping study of the potential spread and impact of the exotic fish Oriental weatherloach in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: a resource document. Report to Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Australia under Murray-Darling 2001 FishRehab Program. Victoria, Freshwater Ecology, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research. pp. 78

Lintermans, M. & J. Burchmore 1996. Cobitidae. p. 114 in McDowall, R.M. (ed.). Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia . Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp.

Raadik, T.A., Koster, W. & Lintermans, M. 2005. Shame file: alien creature feature No. 1, Oriental weatherloach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Cantor, 1842) (Pisces: Cobitidae). Australian Society for Fish Biology Newsletter 35 (1): 55–58


Common Name References

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia . Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [363] ( Oriental Weatherloach )

Seafood Services Australia 2008. Australian Fish Names Standard. ( Oriental Weatherloach )


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Cypriniformes  
 Family Cobitidae  
 Genus Misgurnus  
  Misgurnus anguillicaudatus    (Cantor, 1842) 
Provider: Tseng, Chin-Tsian 
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Synonyms: Cobitis anguillicaudata Cobitis fossilis Cobitis fossilis mohoity Misgurnus aguillicadatus Misgurnus anguillicaudatus anguillicaudatus Misgurnus crossochilus Misgurnus fossilis anguillicaudatus Misgurnus lividus Misgurnus mizolepis Misgurnus mizolepis elongatus Misgurnus mizolepis grangeri details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993); 臺灣淡水及河口魚類誌(陳&方, 1999); 臺灣淡水魚類-壹 鯉形目(陳&張, 2005)
Character: Head slightly compressed, shaped like a blunt awl. Snout short. Mouth inferior, arched. Five barbells, shorter than half of head length, including four maxillary barbells, one pairs of mandibular barbells at corner of mouth and two pairs of barbells on chin. Eye small, on upper side of head. Body cylindrical, elongated, posterior laterally compressed; dorsal and ventral profile horizontal. Scales tiny, cycloid, covered by mucus; head naked; lateral line unapparent. Longitudinal scales:140-170; dorsal fin rays:3+6-7; pelvic fin rays:1+6; anal fin rays:3+5. Pectoral fins end distant from pelvic fin origin; dorsal fin origin at middle between pectoral fin origin and caudal fin base; pelvic fin origin slightly behind dorsal fin origin; caudal fin rounded. Dark brownish dorsally; light yellow ventrally. Irregular dark blotches spread over side of body, dorsal and anal fins; an apparent spot on upper side of caudal fin base. 
Habitat: Primary freshwater fish; inhabit in any kind of slowing running water, can be found in paddy field, ponds, swamps and channels, especially in water rich in mud and vegetative fragments. Benthic. Polyphagia, feeds on small aquatic insects and vegetative fr 
Distribution: Extensively distributed in East Asia, from Japan to Taiwan. Spread on whole island of Taiwan. 
Name Code: 380995
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