Yellowbanded Wirrah, Acanthistius cinctus (Günther 1859)

Other Names: Girdled Rock Cod, Yellowbanded Perch, Yellow-banded Wirrah

A Yellowbanded Wirrah, Acanthistius cinctus, at Observatory Rock, Balls Pyramid, near Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A pale yellowish rockcod with six dark bars encircling the body that extend onto the dorsal and anal fins, two prominent dark bars radiating from posterior half of the eye, the upper continuing through the eye to the tip of the snout.
Video of a juvenile Yellowbanded Wirrah collected near the surface in the Kermadec Islands.

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Yellowbanded Wirrah, Acanthistius cinctus (Günther 1859)

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Moreton Bay, Queensland, to Seal Rocks, New South Wales, and possibly further south; also the Lord Howe Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Kermadec Islands and northern New Zealand.


The specific name is from the Latin cinctus (= to gird, surround, bind with a belt or girdle), in reference to the dark bands encircling the body.

Species Citation

Plectropoma cinctum Günther, 1859, Cat. Fish. Brit. Mus. 1: 162, pl. 13A. Type locality: Norfolk Island.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Yellowbanded Wirrah, Acanthistius cinctus (Günther 1859)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311131

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:60 cm TL

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