Animal Species:Pinkbreast Siphonfish, Siphamia roseigaster (Ogilby, 1886)

The Pinkbreast Siphonfish is an Australian endemic species.

Pinkbreast Siphonfish, Siphamia roseigaster

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Standard Common Name

Pinkbreast Siphonfish

Alternative Name/s

Silver Siphonfish

Identification

It has a silvery light organ that extends from the belly, along the anal fin base to the caudal peduncle. Black lines are sometimes present on the anal fin and dorsal fins.

Size range

It grows to about 75 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs from north-western Western Australia to Cape York and from the central Queensland coast to around Sydney on the east coast.

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.

Siphamia roseigaster

Habitat

It lives in estuaries, usually in muddy, rocky areas.

Classification

Species:
roseigaster
Genus:
Siphamia
Family:
Apogonidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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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. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.


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Tags Pinkbreast Siphonfish, Siphamia roseigaster, Apogonidae, fishes, ichthyology, light organ, silver, black, white, mud, rocks, < 10 cm, marine, harbours, bays, estuaries,