Genus Syncomistes

A endemic Australian genus of grunters with 11 species found in northern Australia. Shelley et al. (2017) revised the genus, describing 7 new species from The Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Syncomistes is from the Greek noun for 'gatherer', in reference to the unique manner in which species harvest algae when feeding. 
Author: Bray, D.J. 2019

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Syncomistes in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,


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