Animal Species:Longfin Perch, Caprodon longimanus (Günther, 1859)

The Longfin Perch has a long-based dorsal fin, and an emarginate caudal fin. The species occurs in Australia, New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands.

Longfin Perch, Caprodon longimanus - male

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Standard Common Name

Longfin Perch

Alternative Name/s

Pink Maomao

Identification

The Longfin Perch has a long-based dorsal fin, and an emarginate caudal fin. Its pointed pectoral fins are longer than the head. Females are pink to red. Males are pinkish with yellow spots and a large dark blotch on the dorsal fin.

Size range

The species grows to 58 cm in length.

Distribution

The Longfin Perch occurs in Australia, New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands. 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.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Caprodon longimanus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Longfin Perch specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
longimanus
Genus:
Caprodon
Family:
Serranidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. 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.
  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.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Longfin Perch, Caprodon longimanus, Serranidae, Pink Maomao, long based dorsal fin, pink, red, males have yellow spots, blotches/mottled, 30 cm - 1 m, marine,