Mozambique Seabream, Wattsia mossambica (Smith 1957)


Other Names: Large-eye Sea Bream, Large-eye Seabream, Large-eyed Bream, Mozambique Large-eye Bream

Mossambique Seabream, Wattsia mossambica. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A silver-grey seabream with a yellowish tinge, sometimes with diffuse blotches or bars, yellow lips, yellow fins sometimes with pale brown spots, and a dark bar across the pectoral-fin base.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Wattsia mossambica in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Aug 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/538

Mozambique Seabream, Wattsia mossambica (Smith 1957)

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Distribution

North West Shelf, WA, to the Timor Sea north-west of Darwin, Northern Territory, and the Coral Sea off the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to off Ballina, New South Wales; may also occur in the Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the  tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Features

Dorsal fin X, 10; Anal fin III, 10. 
Scales absent from inner surface of pectoral fin axil; longitudinal denticulate ridge present on maxilla; caudal fin forked with distinctly rounded lobes.

Colour

Silvery-grey with a yellowish tinge, brownish scale margins, sometimes with indistinct dark blotches or bars on body; dark bar across pectoral-fin base; soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins sometimes with faint brown spots.

Feeding

Feeds on benthic invertebrates and small fishes.

Fisheries

Of minor commercial importance in some areas.

Etymology

The species is named mossambica after Mozambique, the type locality.

Species Citation

Gnathodentex mossambicus Smith 1957, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 12 10: 122. Type locality: Pinda reef, 14┬░10'S, Mozambique, western Indian Ocean, depth 70 fathoms. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2022

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Mozambique Seabream, Wattsia mossambica (Smith 1957)

References


Carpenter, K.E. 2001. Sparidae, Lethrinidae. pp. 2990-3050 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.

Carpenter, K.E. & Allen, G.R. 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis. No. 125, Vol. 9. Rome : FAO 118 pp.

Carpenter, K.E., Lawrence, A. & Myers, R. 2016. Wattsia mossambica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T16721842A16722465. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T16721842A16722465.en. Accessed on 08 February 2022.

Chan, W.L. & Chilvers, R.M. 1974. A revision of the Indo-Pacific spariform percoids of the Monotaxinae, with the description of a new genus Wattsia. Hong Kong Fisheries Bulletin 4: 85-95.

Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. & Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beitr├Ąge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) Neue Serie 4: 341-463.

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp.

Kramer, S.H., Kramer, S.M. & Newman, S.J. 1994. New deep-water fish records from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Pacific Science 48(1): 70-79. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2198

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Sih, T.L., Cappo, M. & Kingsford, M. 2017. Deep-reef fish assemblages of the Great Barrier Reef shelf-break (Australia). Scientific Reports 7: 10886. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-11452-1

Smith, J.L.B. 1957. Deep-line fishing in northern Mozambique, with the description of a new pentapodid fish. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Ser. 12) 10 (110): 121-124, pl. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222935708655937

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37351027

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:100-309 m

Fishing:Minor commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:57 cm TL

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