Animal Species:Banded Grunter, Amniataba percoides (Günther, 1864)

Banded grunter are widespread in northern Australia where they are an important part of the native fish fauna. However, they have little value as either a sport or table fish and are considered a pest species outside their natural range.

Standard Common Name

Banded Grunter

Identification

The Banded Grunter has five to eight black bars on the side of the body. The caudal fin has a dusky lower margin and spots centrally.

Size range

The species grows to about 12 cm in length.

Distribution

The Banded Grunter occurs in most major river systems of northern Australia from the Ashburton River in central Western Australia to the Burnett River in Queensland. It is also recorded from the Georgina and Finke Rivers in central Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Amniataba percoides

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Banded Grunter specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

They frequent weedy banks and shallow backwaters

Feeding and Diet

Dietary items include insects, crustaceans and algae.

Classification

Species:
percoides
Genus:
Amniataba
Family:
Terapontidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

Further Reading

  1. Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. T.F.H. Publications. Pp. 240.
  2. Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
  3. Merrick, J.R. & G.E. Schmida. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Biology and Management. John R. Merrick. Pp. 409.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Banded Grunter, Amniataba percoides, Terapontidae, stripes or bands, pest species, 10 cm - 30 cm, black bars, dots/spots, river fish, weedy banks, shallow backwaters, white, silver,