Silver Drummer, Kyphosus sydneyanus (Günther 1886)


Other Names: Buff Bream, Buffalo Bream, Buffs, Common Buffalo Bream, Drummer Bream, Southern Silver Drummer, Sydney Drummer

A Silver Drummer, Kyphosus sydneyanus, at Fairy Bower, Manly, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Source: Richard Ling / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

Summary:

A large olive, silvery-grey or bronzy drummer, darker above, paler below, with a broad dark margin on the caudal fin, a rusty-coloured bar from the upper jaw across the gill cover, a pale bar under the eye and a small black spot at the lower edge of the pectoral-fin base.


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Bray, D.J. 2021, Kyphosus sydneyanus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/523

Silver Drummer, Kyphosus sydneyanus (Günther 1886)

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Distribution

Widespread in the southern half of Australia from about Fraser Island, Queensland, to the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia, including around Tasmania. Elsewhere the species occurs in northern New Zealand.
The species may also occur at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. 
Inhabits exposed coastal rocky reefs, often in large schools in the surge zone. 

Feeding

Herbivore - feeds on algae.

Fisheries

The Silver Drummer is a popular angling fish and is regarded as a tough fighter. However, it is considered by most people to be inedible.

Remarks

Silver Drummer are easily confused with Kyphosus bigibbus. Records of Silver Drummer from north of the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia, and from the Lord Howe Province and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea, are misidentifications of Kyphosus bigibbus. Records from Lord Howe Island may be based on more than one species, and Silver Drummer may occur there.

Etymology

The name sydneyanus is from Port Jackson, the type locality.

Species Citation

Pimelepterus sydneyanus Günther, 1886,  Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 5 18(36): 368. Type locality: Port Jackson, New South Wales.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2021

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Silver Drummer, Kyphosus sydneyanus (Günther 1886)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37361001

Behaviour:Sports fish, poor eating

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:80 cm TL

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