Animal Species:Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner, 1866
The Eastern Pomfred is a common schooling species in shallow marine waters from central Queensland to southern New South Wales.
Standard Common Name
The Eastern Pomfred can be recognised by its body shape and colouration. It is silvery with a yellow back. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins are yellow. It has a dark bar at the rear of the head.
The species grows to 24 cm in length.
The Western Pomfred, Schuettea woodwardi, has a deeper body, taller fins, and has the yellow colouration restricted to the fins. This species is recorded in coastal waters from eastern South Australia to central Western Australia.
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from coastal marine waters of central 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
It is often observed during the day in large schools under sheltered, rocky ledges.
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Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow