This Week in Fish: Freaky Blind Fish

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 02 Aug 2013

This week we feature the amazing blind Cave Gudgeon.  Only found in Australia, it lives in lightless waters in caves and sinkholes.

Cave Gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas

Cave Gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas
Photographer: Doug Hoese © Australian Museum

Freaky fish of the week:

The blind Cave Gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas, is a truly strange species. Not only does it live in a lightless world, often at high temperatures, but it does so by detecting its surroundings using special sensory papillae.  More information and a movie are on the fact sheet.

New factsheets:

Clouded Saury, Saurida nebulosa
Flame Snapper, Etelis coruscans
Lined Monocle Bream, Scolopsis lineatus
Pinkbreast Siphonfish, Siphamia roseigaster
Threadfin Emperor, Lethrinus genivittatus

New movies:

Black-spotted Porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix
Slender Suckerfish, Echeneis naucrates

New images:

Sandy Sprat, Hyperlophus vittatus
Cocktail Wrasse, Pteragogus flagellifer
Twofin Flashlightfish from the collection

Past staff:

Denise Rennis (TO and RA, 1981-1987)

Past visitor:

Andrew Stewart (NMNZ, TePapa, 2004)


Tags fishes, ichthyology, freaky, fish, blind, cave, gudgeon, Milyeringa veritas, Twofin Flashlightfish, Sandy Sprat,