Brassy Drummer, Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)


Other Names: Brassy Chub, Long-finned Drummer, Low-finned Drummer, Northern Silver Drummer, Queensland Drummer, Southern Drummer

A Brassy Drummer, Kyphosus vaigiensis, at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. Source: Dennis Polack / FishWise Professional. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A dull olive to silvery black drummer becoming paler below, with distinct longitudinal lines along the sides.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Kyphosus vaigiensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jan 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/524

Brassy Drummer, Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)

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Distribution

Ningaloo Reef to Cape Leveque, Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Arafura Sea east of Cape Wessel, Northern Territory to Montague Island, New South Wales; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, Herald Cay and Lihou Reef, Coral Sea, and Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal in tropical seas.
Forms schools in the surge zone around exposed algal-covered rocky and coral lagoons and outer reef flats - sometimes with other species of Kyphosus.
Juveniles may feed on crustaceans occur among floating macroalgae.

Features

Dorsal fin XI, 12-15 Anal fin III, 11-14; Pectoral fin 16-20; Lateral line scales (pored) 49-55; Gill rakers 5-10 ++ 14-24.
Body oblong to elliptical, moderately compressed. Head small; snout short; mouth small, terminal. Jaws with a single row of lanceolate incisor-like teeth. Dorsal fin continuous, depressible in a sheath; pectoral fins short, bluntly pointed posteriorly; caudal fin more or less forked, with pointed lobes. Scales ctenoid, extending onto soft dorsal and anal fins and onto caudal-fin base. 

Feeding

Herbivore

Species Citation

Pimelepterus vaigiensis Quoy & Gaimard 1825, Voyage Autour du Monde Ch 9: 386, pl. 62(4). Type locality: Pulau Waigeo, Papua Barat, Indonesia (as Papous Island). 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Brassy Drummer, Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard 1825)

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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37361014

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-25 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:90 cm TL

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