Animal Species:Girdled Scalyfin, Parma unifasciata (Steindachner, 1867)
Colouration of the Girdled Scalyfin changes with growth. The species is endemic to Australia
Standard Common Name
The dorsal fin of the Girdled Parma has a long-based spinous section and a tall, short-based soft-rayed portion. The body is covered with large ctenoid scales. Colouration of the species changes with growth. The images show the typical adult body colouration of a grey to brown body with a white bar. Juveniles are yellow and blue with a faint bar.
This species grows to 20 cm in length.
It is endemic to Australia, occurring 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. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Reed Books. Pp. 544.
- 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.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- 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