Footballer Sweep, Neatypus obliquus Click to enlarge image
Footballer Sweep, Neatypus obliquus, at a depth of 15m, Pearson Island, South Australia, April 1990. Image: David Muirhead
© David Muirhead

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    obliquus
    Genus
    Neatypus
    Family
    Kyphosidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 24 cm in length.

Introduction

The Footballer Sweep is endemic to Australia. It can be recognised by its distinctive colouration.

Identification

The Footballer Sweep can be recognised by its body shape and colouration. It has a deep compressed body that is white with six brown-edged yellow bands.

Habitat

It is found on rocky reefs.

Distribution

This species is endemic to Australia, occurring in coastal waters of southern Australia from central South Australia to the central coast of Western Australia.

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. Kuiter, R.H. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.