Longhead Grunt, Pomadasys auritus (Cuvier 1830)

A silvery to pale burnished gold grunt with well defined blackish spots on the spinous dorsal fin, and a dark spot on the tip of each scale on the back and upper sides.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Pomadasys auritus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 Feb 2020,

Longhead Grunt, Pomadasys auritus (Cuvier 1830)

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Known in Australia from a single specimen off  Newcastle, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the west Pacific.


Dorsal fin XII, 14; Anal fin III, 7. 
Body depth 3.2 times in SL; head large, upper profile convex; gill cover and angle of preopercle elongated as convex rounded lobe; gill cover extending to above 1/3 to 1/2 of pectoral fins. Mouth small, maxilla reaching to eye, pores 2 and a median pit on chin.

Species Citation

Pristipoma auritum Cuvier 1830, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 5: 263. Type locality: Thailand.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Longhead Grunt, Pomadasys auritus (Cuvier 1830)


Cuvier, G.L. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1830. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 5 499 pp. pls 100-140. 

McKay, R.J. 1984. Classification of the grunters and javelin-fishes of Australia. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 43(10): 37-40 6 figs 

McKay, R.J. 2001. Haemulidae. pp. 2961-2989 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.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37350019

Depth:1-20 m

Habitat:Estuaries, coastal waters

Max Size:52 cm TL

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