Kailola's hardyhead

Kailola's hardyhead (Craterocephalus kailolae) is a species of fish in the family Atherinidae endemic to Papua New Guinea. It reaches a maximum length of 6 cm. It inhabits shallow, clear creeks with gravel substrate.[2] This species was described by Walter Ivantsoff, Lucy Crowley and Gerald R. Allen in 1987 with a type locality of a still backwater of Foasi Creek 3 kilometers west of Safia airstrip in Papua New Guinea.[3] The specific name honours the Patricia J. Kailola, for her contribution to the knowledge of the ichthyology of Papua New Guinea.[4]

Kailola's hardyhead
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Atheriniformes
Family: Atherinidae
Genus: Craterocephalus
C. kailolae
Binomial name
Craterocephalus kailolae
Ivantsoff, Crowley & G. R. Allen, 1987


  1. Allen, G. (1996). "Craterocephalus kailolae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T5493A11227451. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Craterocephalus kailolae" in FishBase. April 2019 version.
  3. Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Craterocephalus kailolae". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. Christopher Scharpf & Kenneth J. Lazara (1 January 2019). "Order ATHERINIFORMES: Families ATHERINOPSIDAE, ATHERINIDAE and ATHERIONIDAE". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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