Animal Species:Blue Drummer, Girella cyanea (Macleay, 1881)
The Blue Drummer is found off the coast of New South Wales around offshore islands and reefs.
Standard Common Name
The Blue Drummer can be recognised by its blue colouration with yellow spots. The blue changes to grey-green after death.
The species grows to 76 cm in length.
The Blue Drummer is known from New South Wales marine waters.
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
It is uncommon on the coast preferring offshore islands and reefs.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Roughley, T.C. 1916. Fishes of Australia and their Technology. Department of Education, New South Wales. Technical Education Series No. 21. Pp. 296.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology