Animal Species:Broad Duckbill, Enigmapercis reducta Whitley, 1936

Broad Duckbill is a small, rarely seen fish, with a pointed snout. It usually lives on (and in) sandy substrates.

Broad Duckbill at Edithburgh

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Standard Common Name

Broad Duckbill

Alternative Name/s

Broad Sand-diver, Broad Sandfish, Reduced Grubfish

Size range

It grows to about 9 cm in total length.

Distribution

Widespread throughout Australia's temperate marine waters.

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

Enigmapercis reducta

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Broad Duckbill specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

At depths from 1 m to about 150 m.

Classification

Species:
reducta
Genus:
Enigmapercis
Family:
Percophidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata

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References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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