Image: Western Butterfish, Pentapodus vitta

Western Butterfish, Pentapodus vitta

A 20 cm long Western Butterfish caught on hook and line with prawn bait at a depth of 6 m, Rockingham Public Wharf, Western Australia, 11 April 2010.

Justin McKenzie
© Justin McKenzie


The species has been called by many common names including Black Stripe Butterfish, Butterfish, Striped Whiptail, Western Australian Butterfish, Western Threadfin Bream, Western Whiptail.  In Australia, however its standard name is Western Butterfish.

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.

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