Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australis
    Genus
    Cyttus
    Family
    Cyttidae
    Order
    Zeiformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    50 cm

Introduction

The Silver Dory is a marine species that lives at depths down to 350 m.  Like many species, its colouration changes at night.

Identification

The Silver Dory is a deep-bodied species that is normally silvery pink in colour.  It has a tall spiny dorsal fin.

Habitat

It's a bottom-dwelling species that lives in continental shelf and slope waters from 20 m to 350 m deep.

Distribution

The species occurs from southern New South Wales to eastern Western Australia, including Tasmania.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Cyttus australis

Ozcam map of Silver Dory specimens in Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Cyttus%20australis&zoom=off#mapView

Economic impacts

The species is trawled commercially in Victoria.

References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. 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.