Animal Species:Yellowback Bream, Dentex spariformis Ogilby, 1910
The Yellowback Bream is a tropical species that can be distinguished by its deep, compressed body and colouration.
Standard Common Name
Cape Moreton Sea Bream, Deepsea Snapper, Yellowback Seabream
The species has a relatively deep, compressed body. The head profile is bulged near the eye. It is orange-brown above, silvery below and has orange-red dorsal, anal and caudal fins. There are three yellow blotches on the back. The first blotch is at the dorsal fin origin.
It grows to around 40 cm in length.
The species occurs in marine waters of the Western Pacific.In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north (possibly absent from the Gulf of Carpentaria) and south 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.
Distribution by collection data
It is usually found in depths from 50 m to 250 m.
The species is caught commercially in New South Wales.
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- 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.
- Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & P.J. Kailola. 1984. Trawled Fishes of southern Indonesia and north-western Australia. Jakarta: Directorate General of Fisheries (Indonesia), German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Australian Development Assistance Bureau. Pp. 406.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology