Animal Species:Blacktip Bullseye, Pempheris affinis McCulloch, 1911
The Blacktip Bullseye is commonly seen by divers in caves and under ledged during the day.
Standard Common Name
The Blacktip Bullseye has a deep compressed body that is covered with small ctenoid scales. It has a very large eye and a large obliquely-angled mouth.
The body is pale grey dorsally and yellow on the sides. The tips of the dorsal and caudal fins are black, as is the margin of the anal fin.
This species is recorded from marine waters of southern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The Blacktip Bullseye lives on rocky reefs down to depths of at least 30m. During the day it is often seen in aggregations in caves and under ledges. It ventures out at night.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology