Myxus elongatus

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Myxus elongatus
Myxus elongatus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Myxus elongatus
Myxus elongatus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Myxus elongatus
Myxus elongatus


Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pointed snout, small black spot at base of pectoral fin, white margin on anal fin. Mouth small and at the very tip of the snout, for skimming food off the surface. Feeds in schools over clean sand within sheltered bays. Length to 40 cm.


Max Size: 40 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 11.6-23.6°C

Depth: 0-10m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (2.0% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (21 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields