Glossamia aprion (Richardson, 1842)
Mouth almighty

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Glossamia aprion
photo by Aland, G.

 Family:  Apogonidae (Cardinalfishes), subfamily: Apogoninae
 Max. size:  18 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 7 - 7.5; dH range: 12 - 20
 Distribution:  Asia and Oceania: New Guinea and Australia.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 8-10
 Biology:  Adults inhabit still or gently flowing water of streams, pools, lakes, swamps and reservoirs, usually in well vegetated, shallow margins. Tolerant of temperatures to at least 38°C and pH range of 4.5-8.1 (Ref. 44894). Commonly found in rivers, creeks and lagoons. Nocturnal species (Ref. 7300). Solitary, carnivore. Most of its time is spent sitting motionless among plant cover waiting to ambush small fishes and crustaceans. Aquatic and terrestrial insects are also consumed (Ref. 44894). Males are mouthbrooders (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:  Known from Fitzroy River, W. Australia to Burnett River, Qld. (Ref. 7300). Presumably unauthorized introduction in Lake Eacham (Ref. 32711). Known from Mulgrave river, Wet Tropics, Northern Queensland (Ref. 40054); lower Burdekin River (Ref. 40171). Recorded from Lake Bariene on the Atherton Tablelands, north-eastern Queensland and Mackay (Qld) (Ref. 44894). Also Ref. 2847, 84364.

 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 05.09.95
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 01.11.10
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 17.12.96

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