Australian Striped Velvetchin, Hapalogenys dampieriensis Iwatsuki & Russell 2006

Other Names: Lined Javelinfish, Lined Javelin-fish, Striped Velvetchin

An Australian Striped Velvetchin, Hapalogenys dampieriensis, from West of Point Farquhar, Western Australia, May 2018, 160-200 m. Source: Chris Dowling / Flickr. License: All rights reserved

A pale silvery bronze velvetchin with four narrow dark stripes along the upper side i juveniles less than 10 cm SL, the 2nd and 3rd stripes most distinct, and a dense cluster of short papillae on the fleshy lower lip. Adults lose the upper and lower stripes. 
This species has long been confused with Hapalogenys kishinouyei.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Hapalogenys dampieriensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Aug 2022,

Australian Striped Velvetchin, Hapalogenys dampieriensis Iwatsuki & Russell 2006

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Endemic to northern Australia, from off Shark Bay, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory.


Dorsal fin XI, 13-14; Anal fin III, 8-9; Lateral line (pored scales) 41-45; Vertebrae 10+14=24..
Lower lip fleshy with dense cluster of very short papillae anteriorly, scaly posteriorly (on posterior abdominal part of angular of lower jaws); presence of 10 unobstructed pores on and behind chin (posteriormost 2 sometimes slit-like); maxilla without scales. Soft rayed portions of dorsal and anal fins somewhat truncated posteriorly and slightly angulated posteriorly, respectively; pelvic-fin tip extending beyond anus but clearly not reaching to base of 1st anal-fin spine when depressed; procumbent spine-like process (tip of 1st pterygiophore) apparent at origin of dorsal-fin but covered by predorsal scales.


Four narrow longitudinal dark stripes (2nd and 3rd stripes most distinct, 2nd from nape to base of mid dorsal-fin soft rays, 3rd from eye to last dorsal-fin ray base) in specimens less than about 10 cm SL, thereafter 2nd and 3rd stripes visible only, remainder and 3rd stripes not present in specimens less than about 20 cm SL, their width below base of 5th and 6th dorsal-fin spines clearly narrower than pupil diameter in 6.5-15.8 cm SL).


Occasionally taken as bycatch in commercial trawls.


The specific name dampieriensis refers to the Dampierian Province (named after the explorer William Dampier), a biogeographic region extending from approximately Geraldton in Western Australia across northern Australia to Cape York, approximating the distribution of the new species in Australia.

Species Citation

Hapalogenys dampieriensis Iwatsuki & Russell 2006, Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(1): 36, figs 1B, 2C, D. Type locality: north of Cape Lambert, Western Australia, 19°09'S, 117°26'–117°28'E. 


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Australian Striped Velvetchin, Hapalogenys dampieriensis Iwatsuki & Russell 2006


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Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. (as Hapalogenys kishinouyei)

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Iwatsuki, Y. & Russell, B.C. 2006. Revision of the genus Hapalogenys (Teleostei: Perciformes) with two new species from the Indo-West Pacific. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(1): 29-46, open access

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Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (as Hapalogenys kishinouyei)

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CAAB Code:37350027

Depth:87-230 m

Habitat:Muddy/rocky areas

Max Size:30 cm SL


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