Blue Drummer Click to enlarge image
A 40 cm long Blue Drummer at a depth of 2 m, Neds Beach, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, October 2001. Image: Geoff Kelly
© Geoff Kelly

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    cyanea
    Genus
    Girella
    Family
    Girellidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 76 cm in length.

Introduction

The Blue Drummer is found off the coast of New South Wales around offshore islands and reefs.

Identification

The Blue Drummer can be recognised by its blue colouration with yellow spots. The blue changes to grey-green after death.



Habitat

It is uncommon on the coast preferring offshore islands and reefs.

Distribution

The Blue Drummer is known from New South Wales marine waters.

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.



References

  1. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  2. Roughley, T.C. 1916. Fishes of Australia and their Technology. Department of Education, New South Wales. Technical Education Series No. 21. Pp. 296.