Animal Species:Yellowbanded Wirrah, Acanthistius cinctus (Günther, 1859)

Adult Yellowbanded Wirrah can be recognised by its distinctive banded pattern and lines radiating from the eyes.

Standard Common Name

Yellowbanded Wirrah

Alternative Name/s

Girdled Rock Cod, Yellowbanded Perch

Identification

Adult Yellowbanded Wirrahs are yellow with a pale belly. There are broad dark bands on the side of the body and a dark diagonal line from the snout, through the eye and continuing across the operculum to intersect with the first dark band on the body. A second dark line passes from the eye diagonally down to the preopercular margin. It resembles the Blackbanded Seaperch. The video above shows a small juvenile.

Size range

The species grows to about 55 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in Australia and New Zealand.  In Australia it is known from northern New South Wales and from Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

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.

Acanthistius cinctus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Yellowbanded Wirrah specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs on rocky reefs in temperate inshore waters.

Classification

Species:
cinctus
Genus:
Acanthistius
Family:
Serranidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R., D.F. Hoese, J.R. Paxton, J.E. Randall, B.C. Russell, W.A. Starck, F.H. Talbot & G.P. Whitley. l976. An annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum, 30(15): 365-454.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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