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Macrognathus aureus  Britz, 2010

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Synbranchiformes (Spiny eels) > Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Etymology: Macrognathus: Greek, makros = great + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical; 26°N - 25°N, 96°E - 97°E

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Asia: Myanmar. Known from Lake Indawgyi and an unnamed small hill stream south of Mogaung, Kachin State, northern Myanmar (Ref. 84451).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84451)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 21 - 22; Dorsal soft rays (total): 50-54; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 50 - 51; Vertebrae: 74 - 75. Macrognathus aureus is a member of the M. aculeatus species group. It differs from all other members of this species group by the following combination of characters: rostral tooth plates 8–10, dorsal-fin spines 21–22, and a unique colour pattern consisting of a series of large white rimmed dark-brown to black blotches along the dorsal fin and even larger black blotches along the lateral line, of which some are confluent with the dorsal series. In particular it differs from M. aral, M. lineatomaculatus, M. pentophthalmos, M. siamensis, M. tapirus, and M. aculeatus in having fewer rostral toothplates (8–10 vs 11–55), from M. pavo, M. morehensis, M siamensis, M. meklongensis, and M. pentophthalmos in having a greater number of dorsal-fin spines (21–22 vs 4–18). The only species of the M. aculeatus group with a similar range in the number of rostral tooth-plates and dorsal-fin spines is M. obscurus, from which the new species differs in its colour pattern (large white rimmed dark brown to black blotches along the dorsal fin and the lateral line, of which some are confluent with the dorsal series, vs minute or absent dorsal fin spots and absence of lateral line blotches) (Ref. 84451).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Britz, R., 2010. Macrognathus aureus, a new spiny eel of the M. aculeatus species group from the Upper Ayeyarwaddy River Drainage, Myanmar (Teleostei: Synbranchiformes: Mastacembelidae). Zootaxa 2514:55-60. (Ref. 84451)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00295 (0.00132 - 0.00659), b=2.93 (2.74 - 3.12), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .