Animal Species:Pinkbreast Siphonfish, Siphamia roseigaster (Ogilby, 1886)
The Pinkbreast Siphonfish is an Australian endemic species.
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.
It grows to about 75 cm in length.
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.
It lives in estuaries, usually in muddy, rocky areas.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology