Tominaga's Sweeper, Pempheris tominagai Koeda, Yoshino & Tachichara 2014

Other Names: African Silver Sweeper, Black-stripe Sweeper

Underwater photograph of the holotype of the Black-stripe Sweeper, Pempheris tominagai, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Red Sea. Source: Sergey V. Bogorodsky, Fig. 44, in Randall & Victor (2015) Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 18. License: CC by Attribution

A coppery sweeper with a broad dark brown band along the anal-fin base, a dark border on the upper and lower margins of the caudal fin and no broad black posterior border. In Western Australia, this species may have been misidentified as Pempheris schwenkii (see Remarks section on next tab)

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Pempheris tominagai in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Mar 2023,

Tominaga's Sweeper, Pempheris tominagai Koeda, Yoshino & Tachichara 2014

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Houtman Abrolhos Islands to the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia - and even further south to Rottnest Island (Hoschke et al. 2019). Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-west Pacific from the Red Sea to the NW coast of Australia, but not in coastal waters and islands of Indonesia, NE Australia, and the Andaman Sea.
Dirk Hartog Island to Cassini Island, Western Australia (see Koeda et al. 2014). Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, subtropical, Indian Ocean and Red Sea (see Koeda et al 2014). 


Anal fin III, 36-39; Pectoral fin 17-18; Scales on side of chest entirely cycloid; lateral-line scales 46–51.


Koeda et al. (2014) suggested that this species has previously been misidentified in Western Australia as Pempheris schwenkii. However, The distributions of the two species are believed not to overlap according to Randall et al. (2014) who suggested that P. tominagai is endemic to the Red Sea. Although they did not discuss Australian material, they implied that it might be P. schwenkii


The species is named tominagai for the Japanese ichthyologist Yoshiaki Tominaga, who contributed to the taxonomy and morphology of Pempheridae.

Species Citation

Pempheris tominagai Koeda, Yoshino & Tachihara, in Koeda, Yoshino, Imai & Tachihara 2014, Zootaxa 3793(3): 317, fig. 7. Type locality: Sharm el-Sheikh, 34°17'41"N, 27°51'29"E, Egypt.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Tominaga's Sweeper, Pempheris tominagai Koeda, Yoshino & Tachichara 2014


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (p. 144 as P. schwenkii, in part)

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1987. Reef fishes of the Indian Ocean. Book 10. Pacific Marine Fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 240 pp. (p. 55, pl.36, fig.7, as Pempheris oualensis)

Hoschke, A., Whisson, G. & Moore, G.I. 2019. Complete list of fishes from Rottnest Island. pp. 150-161 in Whisson, G. & Hoschke, A. (eds) The Rottnest Island fish book. 2nd edn. Perth : Aqua Research and Monitoring Services.

Koeda, K., Yoshino, T., Imai, H. & Tachinara, K. 2014. A review of the genus Pempheris (Perciformes, Pempheridae) of the Red Sea, with description of a new species. Zootaxa 3793(3): 301-330.

Randall, J.E. & Bineesh, K.K. 2014. Review of the fishes of the genus Pempheris (Perciformes: Pempheridae) of India, with description of a new species and a neotype for P. mangula Cuvier. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 10: 20-40, open access

Randall, J.E. & Victor, B.C. 2015. Descriptions of thirty-four new species of Pempheris (Perciformes: Pempheridae), with a key to the species of the western Indian Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 18: 1-77 pp., open access

Randall, J.E., Victor, B.C., Alpermann, T.J., Bogorodsky, S.V., Mal, A.O., Satapoomin, U. & Bineesh, K.K. 2014. Rebuttal to Koeda et al. (2014) on the Red Sea fishes of the perciform genus PempherisZootaxa 3887(3): 377–392 

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CAAB Code:37357017

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm SL

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