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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, included on the Commenced List (1/11/2009).
 
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
 
Policy Statements and Guidelines Survey guidelines for Australia's threatened fish. EPBC Act survey guidelines 6.4 (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2011i) [Admin Guideline].
 
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
 
State Government
    Documents and Websites
QLD:Enhancing biodiversity hotspots along Western Queensland stock routes (Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management (Qld DERM), 2009a) [Management Plan].
State Listing Status
QLD: Listed as Endangered (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Queensland): May 2014 list)
Non-statutory Listing Status
IUCN: Listed as Critically Endangered (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2013.1 list)
Scientific name Chlamydogobius squamigenus [66675]
Family Gobiidae:Perciformes:Actinopterygii:Chordata:Animalia
Species author Larson, 1995
Infraspecies author  
Reference  
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Edgbaston Goby is a freshwater fish growing to around 6 cm (Unmack 2003b).

Specimens of this species have been collected at Edgbaston Station, NE of Aramac and Crossmoor Station, just NNE of Longreach; both on the Thomson River drainage in Qld which drains into the Lake Eyre Basin (Larson 1995). They occur in small numbers in approximately 11 of the Edgbaston Springs (Unmack 1995). The distribution of this species would be expected to be at its greatest during and just after flooding, due to an increased potential for dispersal at these times (Unmack 1995). Conversely, the distribution would be expected to be at its smallest during drought conditions.

Known only from freshwater springs and pools at Edgbaston Station and freshwater bores and drains on Crossmoor Station (Larson 1995). Ivantsoff et al. (1991), in describing a new species of blue-eye (Red-finned Blue-eye, Scaturiginichthys vermeilipinnis), indicated that the Edgbaston Goby shared its habitat, which consists of small, clear, very shallow, clay bottomed pools, with grass tussocks growing in the water and an unidentified red leafed plant. The exact number of springs and pools that this species inhabits is unknown (Larson 1995).

Most desert fishes are very effective at migration and during times of flood, most springs become connected. It is likely that this species relies on flooding to increase its distribution (Unmack 1995).

The diet of this species in the wild is unknown, but other desert gobies are known to be omnivorous (Unmack & Wager in prep.)

The breeding biology of this species is almost identical to that of the Desert Goby, Chlamydogobius eremius (Unmack & Wager unpub. data; Unmack 1995). Gobies tend to attach eggs onto hard surfaces. The male guards the eggs until hatching, after which no further parental care takes place (Unmack 1995). Bruce Grose in litt. has been able to spawn and raise this species in captivity, and reports that the eggs take about a week to hatch into free swimming larvae which actively disperse through the aquarium. He estimates that at least a hundred eggs per batch are laid (Larson 1995).

[Unmack 1995]

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Desert fishes down under. In: Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, 1994 Symposium. 26:71-95. (Unmack, P.J. , 1995) [Proceedings].
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Habitat alteration (vegetation, soil, hydrology) due to trampling and grazing by livestock Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ew) [Internet].
Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Climate Change and Severe Weather:Habitat Shifting and Alteration:Habitat loss, modification and/or degradation Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ew) [Internet].
Energy Production and Mining:Mining and Quarrying:Habitat modification through open cut mining/quarrying activities Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Energy Production and Mining:Mining and Quarrying:Habitat modification through underground mining Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Mechanical disturbance during construction, maintanance or recreational activities Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Disturbance, especially from human recreational activities and development Desert fishes down under. In: Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, 1994 Symposium. 26:71-95. (Unmack, P.J. , 1995) [Proceedings].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Recreational Activities:Soil disturbance and/or trampling due to bushwalking Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ew) [Internet].
Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Prickly Acacia) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Parkinsonia aculeata (Parkinsonia, Jerusalem Thorn, Jelly Bean Tree, Horse Bean) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Urochloa mutica (Para Grass) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Tamarix aphylla (Athel Pine, Athel Tree, Tamarisk, Athel Tamarisk, Athel Tamarix, Desert Tamarisk, Flowering Cypress, Salt Cedar) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Phoenix dactylifera (Date Palm) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation Hymenachne amplexicaulis (Hymenachne, Olive Hymenachne, Water Stargrass, West Indian Grass, West Indian Marsh Grass) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation caused by bamboo Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or predation Gambusia holbrooki (Eastern Gambusia, Mosquitofish) Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ew) [Internet].
Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Desert fishes down under. In: Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, 1994 Symposium. 26:71-95. (Unmack, P.J. , 1995) [Proceedings].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or predation Rhinella marina (Cane Toad) Comments on draft Inventory of Nationally Significant Environmental Assets (Desert Channels Queensland NRM, 2007) [Paper File].
Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Grazing, tramping, competition and/or habitat degradation Sus scrofa (Pig) Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Activities that lead to swamp degradation Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Changes in hydrology including habitat drainage Desert fishes down under. In: Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, 1994 Symposium. 26:71-95. (Unmack, P.J. , 1995) [Proceedings].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Drawdown of aquifer, artesian and/or groundwater system Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Extraction of artesian water resources Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Extraction of ground water Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ew) [Internet].
Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Natural System Modifications:Dams and Water Management/Use:Habitat disturbance caused by underground mining Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].
Pollution:Pollution:Deterioration of water and soil quality (contamination and pollution) Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006ew) [Internet].
Recovery plan for the community of native species dependent on natural discharge of groundwater from the Great Artesian Basin (Fensham, R.J., W.F. Ponder & R.J. Fairfax, 2010) [Recovery Plan].

Australian Fish Collection Records (undated). Collation of records from Australian Fish Collections.

Ivantsoff, W., P. Unmack, B. Saeed & L.E.L.M. Crowley (1991). A red-finned blue-eye, a new species and genus of the family Pseudomugilidae from central western Queensland. Fishes of Sahul. Journal of the Australia New Guinea Fishes Association. 6(4):277-282.

Larson, H.K (1995). A review of the Australian endemic gobiid fish genus Chlamydogobius, with description of five new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory. 12:19-51.

Unmack, P.J. (2003b). Chlamydogobius squamigenus Larson 1995 Edgbaston Goby. [Online]. Available from: http://www.desertfishes.org/australia/fish/chlasqua.html.

Unmack, P.J. (1992). Further observations on the redfinned blue eye's conservation status. ANGFA Bulletin (Bulletin of the Australia New Guinea Fishes Association). 12: 8-9.

Unmack, P.J. (1995). Desert fishes down under. In: Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, 1994 Symposium. 26:71-95.

Unmack, P.J. & R.Wager (2006). Threatened Fishes of the World: Chlamydogobius micropterus Larson, 1995 (Gobiidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes. [Online]. Available from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/l5729q1r76495323/?p=da8fd4f9387245c8a8cbef8de1229202&pi=0.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Chlamydogobius squamigenus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat. Accessed Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:22:20 +1000.