Stripey, Microcanthus strigatus (Cuvier 1831)


Other Names: Eastern Stripey, Footballer, Western Stripey

A Stripey, Microcanthus strigatus, at Jurien Bay, Western Australia. Source: T. Cooper / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Summary:
A bright yellow deep-bodied fish with a rounded dorsal profile, oblique black stripes along the side extending onto the dorsal and anal fins, and a black stripe from the forehead to just behind the eye.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Microcanthus strigatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Nov 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/525

Stripey, Microcanthus strigatus (Cuvier 1831)

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Distribution

Central Queensland to southern New South Wales, and possibly to eastern Victoria, and from Cape Leeuwin to Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia. The species also occurs in the Lord Howe Island region and at Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Stripeys commonly occur on rocky and coral reefs, where they sometimes form large schools. Juveniles are often seen in tide pools, and adults often hang around jetty and wharf pylons.

Elsewhere, the species occurs in Japan, Taiwan, China and Hawaii.

Feeding

Omnivore - feeds on invertebrates and algae.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Stripey, Microcanthus strigatus (Cuvier 1831)

References


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Castelnau, F.L. de 1873. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 8. Fishes of Western Australia. Proceedings of the Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria 2: 123-149 (as Neochaetodon vittatum)

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Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. 1994. A survey of the nearshore reef fish fauna of Western Australia's west and south coasts — The Leeuwin Province. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 46: 1-66 figs 1-6 

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Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs. 

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. 437 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. 433 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Butterflyfishes, Bannerfishes and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp. (as Microcanthus vittatus)

Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. 57 pp.

Swainson, W. 1839. The natural history and classification of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. In, Lardner, D. The Cabinet of Natural History. Vol. 2 London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, and John Taylor 452 pp. 135 figs.

Whitley, G.P. 1931. Studies in Ichthyology No. 4. Records of the Australian Museum 18(3): 96-133 figs 1-2 pls 11-16 (as Microcanthus joyceae)

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37361005

Depth:0-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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