Animal Species:Eastern Striped Grunter, Pelates sexlineatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

The Eastern Striped Grunter is brownish to silver-grey with six dark stripes along the body. It lives in estuaries and coastal reefs.

Eastern Striped Grunter

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Standard Common Name

Eastern Striped Grunter

Alternative Name/s

Eastern Striped Trumpeter, Six-lined Trumpeter, Trumpeter Perch

Identification

The Eastern Striped Grunter is brownish to silver-grey with six dark stripes along the body. It has a small mouth and a coarsely serrated preopercular margin.

Three species of Pelates are found in Australian waters. The Fourline Striped Grunter, Pelates quadrilineatus is known from northern New South Wales. It differs from the Eastern Striped Trumpeter by having an additional short stripe between the upper stripes and a dark region on the spinous dorsal fin. The Western Striped Grunter, Pelates octolineatus occurs in South Australia and south-western to central Western Australia. It has a shorter head than the Eastern Striped Trumpeter and the upper lines are often broken into a series of spots.

Size range

The species grows to 20 cm in length.

Distribution

The Eastern Striped Grunter occurs 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.

Pelates sexlineatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Eastern Striped Grunter specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It lives in estuaries and coastal reefs in depths of 1 m to 30 m.

Classification

Species:
sexlineatus
Genus:
Pelates
Family:
Terapontidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
  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. 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, Eastern Striped Grunter, Pelates sexlineatus, Terapontidae, estuaries, coastal reef, Eastern Striped Trumpeter, Six-lined Trumpeter, Trumpeter Perch, brown, silver, grey, small mouth, stripes or bands, 10 cm - 30 cm,