Animal Species:Mozambique Seabream, Wattsia mossambica (Smith, 1957)

The Mozambique Seabream is a deep-bodied species that has a forked caudal fin with broad rounded lobes.

Mozambique Seabream, Wattsia mossambica

Sascha Schulz © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Mozambique Seabream

Alternative Name/s

Mozambique Large-eye Bream

Identification

The dorsal fin has 10 long, strong spines and 10 rays. The anal fin has 3 strong spines and 10 rays.  A longitudinal denticulate ridge is present on the maxilla. The body is grey to silvery infused with yellow.  Difuse blotches or barring may be present on the body. The scale margins are dark. The fins are yellow, sometimes with pale brown spots, and a distinct dark bar crosses the base of the pectoral fin.

Size range

It grows to about 55 cm in length but is common to 35 cm.

Distribution

The species occurs in the tropical Indian Ocean and western Pacific regions.

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.

Wattsia mossambica

Classification

Species:
mossambica
Genus:
Wattsia
Family:
Lethrinidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Carpenter, K.E. & G.R. Allen, 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 9. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Species Synopsis. No. 125(9): Pp. 118.
  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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