Rosy Seabass, Doederleinia berycoides (Hilgendorf 1879)

Other Names: Rosy Sea-bass

Rosy Seabass, Doederleinia berycoides. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A reddish seabass becoming silver below with a large red eye, reddish fins, a black margin on the spinous dorsal and caudal fins, a black mouth cavity, and large deciduous scales.

Video of Rosy Seabass in an aquarium in Japan.
Rosy Seabass in the Ooarai Aquarium, Japan

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Doederleinia berycoides in Fishes of Australia, accessed 16 Apr 2024,

Rosy Seabass, Doederleinia berycoides (Hilgendorf 1879)

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Off North West Cape, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory, and possibly in the Coral Sea, off Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin IX + 10; Anal fin III, 6-8. 
Scales large, deciduous; pelvic-fin spine smooth. Inside of mouth cavity black.


Head and body reddish, gradually becoming silver below, with red eyes, reddish fins, a narrow black margin on the spinous dorsal and caudal fin, and a dark oral cavity.


Feeds on crustaceans and molluscs.

Species Citation

Anthias berycoides Hilgendorf 1879, Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1879: 79. Type locality: Yedo (=Tokyo), Honshu, Japan (lectotype).


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Rosy Seabass, Doederleinia berycoides (Hilgendorf 1879)


Hilgendorf, F.M. 1879. Einige Beiträge zur Ichthyologie Japan's. Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1879: 78-81 

Kibesaki, O. 1949. Ecological studies on Döderlinia berycoides in the southwestern part of Sea of Japan. I. Age and growth. Bull. Jap. Soc. Sci. Fish. 15(5): 221-225.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Masuda, H., Araga, C. & Yoshino, T. 1975. Coastal fishes of southern Japan. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 382 pp.

Okiyama, M. 1993. An atlas of the early stage fishes in Japan. Koeltz Scientific Books, Germany. 1154 pp.

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.

Yamanoue, Y. & Matsuura, K. 2007. Doederleinia gracilispinis (Fowler, 1943), a junior synonym of Doederleinia berycoides (Hilgendorf, 1879), with review of the genus. Ichthyological Research 54: 404-411. Abstract

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CAAB Code:37311025

Depth:100-600 m

Max Size:40 cm TL

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