Narrow Duckbill, Matsubaraea fusiforme (Fowler 1943)

Illustration of the holotype of the Narrow Duckbill, Matsubaraea fusiforme, from Aparri, Cagayan Province, Luzon Island, Philippines, USNM 99517. Source: Fowler (1943) Bull. U. S. Natl Mus. 100, 14 (2): 87, Fig. 23. License: Public Domain

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Narrow Duckbill, Matsubaraea fusiforme (Fowler 1943)

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Port Curtis (Gladstone) to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific, from Japan to Australia. Buries in sand in shallow inshore areas.


Feeds on mysids.

Species Citation

Roxasella fusiforme Fowler 1943, Bull. U. S. Natl Mus. 100(14, 2): 87, fig. 23. Type locality: Aparri, Cagayan Prov., Luzon Island, Philippines. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Narrow Duckbill, Matsubaraea fusiforme (Fowler 1943)


Fowler, H.W. 1943. Contributions to the biology of the Philippine Archipelago and adjacent regions. Descriptions and figures of new fishes obtained in Philippine seas and adjacent waters by the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer Albatross. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 100(14, 2): 53-91 figs 4-25 

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 

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) 

Matsuura, K. 1991. The percophid fish, Matsubaraea setouchiensis, a junior synonym of Matsubaraea fusiforme. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 38(1): 61-62 

Nakabo, T. 2002. Percophidae, pp 1065–1068, 1587–1588 in Nakabo, T. (ed.) Fishes of Japan with pictorial keys to the species. English ed. Tokai University Press, Tokyo.

Noichi, T., Kanbara, T., Subiyanto & Senta, T. 1991. Depth distribution of the percophid Matsubaraea fusiforme in Fukiagehama Beach, Kyushu. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 38(3): 245-248.

Taki, I. 1953. On two new species of fishes from the Inland Sea of Japan. Journal of Science of the Hiroshima University Ser. B, Div. 1 (Zoology) 14: 201-212

Senta, T., Noichi, T. & Shigemitsu, K. 1989. The percophidid Matsubaraea setouchiensis from the Fukiagehama Beach, south-western Kyushu. Bull. Fac. Fish. Nagasaki Univ. 65: 1-8.

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CAAB Code:37393017

Depth:3-5 m

Habitat:Inshore sandy areas

Max Size:7 cm SL

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