Animal Species:Dusky Driftfish, Psenes arafurensis Günther, 1889
The Dusky Driftfish is a compressed, deep bodied fish found in most tropical marine waters swimming amongst jellyfish or under floating weeds.
Arafura Eyebrowfish, Banded Driftfish
The Dusky Driftfish has a compressed body, a small mouth and a deeply notched dorsal fin. Juveniles are silvery with indistinct dark bands. Adults are silver grey with thin stripes.
The species grows to 23 cm in length.
It occurs worldwide in tropical marine waters. In Australia it is known from off north-western Western Australia and off northern Queensland to the central coast of 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.
Distribution by collection data
Juveniles are often seen in coastal waters swimming with jellyfishes. Adults have been observed under floating weeds, but are probably benthopelagic.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Last, P.R. 2001. Nomeidae. in Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (Eds). FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 6. Bony Fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles, sea turtles, sea snakes and marine mammals. FAO, Rome. Pp. iii-v, 3381-4218.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Dusky Driftfish, Psenes arafurensis, Nomeidae, silver, grey, 'normal fish', 10 cm - 30 cm, countershaded, in relationship, jellyfish, benthopelagic, marine, adult, juvenile/young,