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Forktail blue-eye (Pseudomugil furcatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Atheriniformes
Family: Melanotaeniidae
Subfamily: Pseudomugilinae
Kner, 1865

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The Pseudomugilidae, the blue-eyes, are a subfamily of atheriniform fish in the Melanotaeniidae,[1] related to the rainbowfishes. They inhabit fresh and brackish water in Australia, New Guinea and nearby smaller islands.[2] Blue-eyes are small fish, typically no more than 5 cm (2.0 in) in length. Like rainbowfish, they spawn all year round, and attach their eggs to vegetation.[3]


There are three general in the Pseudomugilinae:[2]


  1. ^ J. S. Nelson; T. C. Grande; M. V. H. Wilson (2016). Fishes of the World (5th ed.). Wiley. pp. 358–363. ISBN 978-1-118-34233-6.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2019). "Pseudomugilidae" in FishBase. February 2019 version.
  3. ^ Allen, Gerald R. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 156. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.