Abstract

Schindleria brevipinguis n.sp., from the Lizard Island-Carter Reef vicinity of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia and from Osprey Reef nearby in the Coral Sea, is a small, unpigmented gobioid species distinctive in having fewer dorsal- and anal-fin rays and a deeper body with larger eyes than the other described species, S. pietschmanni and S. praematura. The urogenital papilla of male S. brevipinguishas a markedly different shape from those of the other two species. Schindleria brevipinguis apparently provides an even more extreme example of paedomorphosis than its congeners, and with males maturing by 7 mm and the largest specimen only 8.4 mm, it almost certainly is the world's smallest fish and smallest vertebrate.

 
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Watson and Walker, 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus. 56(2): 139–142
Author
William Watson; H. J. Walker
Year
2004
Title
The world’s smallest vertebrate, Schindleria brevipinguis, a new paedomorphic species in the family Schindleriidae (Perciformes: Gobioidei)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
56
Issue
2
Start Page
139
End Page
142
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1429
Language
English
Date Published
07 July 2004
Cover Date
07 July 2004
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
07 July 2004
Available Online
07 July 2004
Reference Number
1429
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