Animal Species:Coral Sea Gregory, Stegastes gascoynei (Whitley, 1964)

The Coral Sea Gregory can be recognised by its colouration. It occurs on inshore coral and rocky reefs in tropical and some temperate waters.

Coral Sea Gregory at Erscott's Hole

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Coral Sea Gregory

Alternative Name/s

Gold-belly Gregory

Identification

The Coral Sea Gregory can be recognised by its colouration. It is brown with dark scale margins that form lines on the body. The belly and anal fin are orange-yellow.

Size range

The species grows to 15 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs on inshore coral and rocky reefs in tropical and some temperate waters of eastern Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. In Australia it is known from 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. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Stegastes gascoynei

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Coral Sea Gregory specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
gascoynei
Genus:
Stegastes
Family:
Pomacentridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1991. Damselfishes of the World. Mergus. Pp. 271.
  2. Allen, G.R. & A.R. Emery. 1985. A review of the pomacentrid fishes of the genus Stegastes from the Indo-Pacific, with descriptions of two new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes. 3:1-31.
  3. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  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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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Coral Sea Gregory, Stegastes gascoynei, Pomacentridae, brown, grey, yellow, green, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, no pattern, marine, adult,