Genus Chrysophrys


An Indo-Pacific genus with 2 species, one found in the Australasian region. Jaws with several pairs of peg‑like canines at front, an outer row of smaller canines along the side, and several inner rows of rounded molars at the rear of the jaws; scales mostly ctenoid, covering interorbital space; 2nd anal-fin spine similar to, but slightly longer than 3rd anal-fin spine; dorsal fin with 10 (rarely 9) segmented rays.

Both species were until recently referred to as the Atlantic genus Pagrus until the genetic studies of Orrell & Carpenter (2004) indicated that the genus Chrysophrys should be retained.

Author: Gomon, M.F. & Bray, D.J. 2022

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Gomon, M.F. & Bray, D.J. 2022, Chrysophrys in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024,


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Orrell, T.M., Carpenter, K.E., Musick, J.A. & Graves, J.E. 2002. A phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis of the Sparidae (Perciformes: Percoidei) based on cytochrome b sequences. Copeia (2002): 618-631.