Longfin Perch, Caprodon longimanus - female Click to enlarge image
A female Longfin Perch caught on hook and line by S. Wilson at a depth between 100 m and 150 m, south-west of Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, December 2001. Image: Geoff Kelly
© Geoff Kelly

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    longimanus
    Genus
    Caprodon
    Family
    Serranidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 58 cm in length.

Introduction

The Longfin Perch has a long-based dorsal fin, and an emarginate caudal fin. The species occurs in Australia, New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands.

Identification

The Longfin Perch has a long-based dorsal fin, and an emarginate caudal fin. Its pointed pectoral fins are longer than the head. Females are pink to red. Males are pinkish with yellow spots and a large dark blotch on the dorsal fin.

Distribution

The Longfin Perch occurs in Australia, New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands. In Australia it is known from southern 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. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.



References

  1. 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.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.