Animal Species:Theodore's Threadfin Bream, Nemipterus theodorei Ogilby, 1916

Theodore's Threadfin Bream is endemic to Australia. It is usually found on sandy and muddy seabeds in coastal and offshore waters in depth from 20 m to 120 m.

Theodore's Threadfin Bream caught off Urunga

Wal Tyson © Wal Tyson

Standard Common Name

Theodore's Threadfin Bream

Alternative Name/s

Theodore's Butterfly Bream

Identification

Theodore's Threadfin Bream is a moderately elongate fish with a long-based dorsal fin and a strongly forked caudal fin. The body is pinkish-mauve above and white below. There are five or six greenish-yellow stripes on the side of the body and a red spot beneath the origin of the lateral line. The iris is red and the cheek has a golden tinge.

It was described by past Australian Museum Fish Curator James Ogilby in 1916.

Size range

The species grows to at least 20 cm in standard length.

Distribution

It is endemic to Australia, occurring from northern Queensland to the central coast of 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.

Nemipterus theodorei

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Theodores Threadfin Bream specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Theodore's Threadfin Bream is usually found on sandy and muddy seabeds in coastal and offshore waters in depth from 20 m to 120 m.

Classification

Species:
theodorei
Genus:
Nemipterus
Family:
Nemipteridae
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. Russell, B.C. 1990. Nemipterid fishes of the world. (Threadfin breams, whiptail breams, monocle breams, dwarf monocle breams, and coral breams). Family Nemipteridae. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of nemipterid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis. 12(125): 1-149.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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