Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner 1866

Other Names: Ladder-finned Pomfret

Eastern Pomfrets, Schuettea scalaripinnis, at Longnose Point, Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution


A striking silvery pomfret with a golden yellow back and fins, and a narrow dark bar behind the head. The Eastern Pomfred is often seen in large schools around rocky reefs in bays, harbours, along the coast and around offshore islands.

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    Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner 1866

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    Endemic to eastern Australia from Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, to Montague Island, New South Wales. Forms large schools around rocky reefs in bays, harbours, the deeper parts of estuaries and protected areas along the coast.


    Meristic features: Dorsal fin spines/rays V, 28-30; Anal fin spines/rays III, 28-32; Caudal fin rays 17; Pectoral fin rays 14-18; Pelvic fin spines/rays: I, 5; Vertebrae: 24.

    Similar Species

    The Western Pomfred, Schuettea woodwardi, found in coastal waters from eastern South Australia to central Western Australia, has a deeper body with taller fins, and the yellow colouration restricted to the fins.

    Species Citation

    Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner, 1866, Anz. Kaiser. Akad. Wissensch. Wien 3(7): 53. Type locality: Port Jackson, NSW.


    Dianne J. Bray

    Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner 1866


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    Kottelat, M. 2001. Monodactylidae. pp. 3216-3220 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

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    CAAB Code:37356001

    Behaviour:Schooling species

    Depth:0-30 m

    Habitat:Reef associated

    Max Size:20 cm TL

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