Animal Species:Blacktip Bullseye, Pempheris affinis McCulloch, 1911

The Blacktip Bullseye is commonly seen by divers in caves and under ledged during the day.

Blacktip Bullseye at South Solitary Island

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Blacktip Bullseye

Alternative Name/s

Black-tipped Bullseye

Identification

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.

Distribution

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.

Pempheris affinis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blacktip Bullseye specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

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.

Classification

Species:
affinis
Genus:
Pempheris
Family:
Pempheridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life; the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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