Genus Upeneichthys


Summary:

A small genus of four species confined to temperate waters of Australia and New Zealand. three species occur in Australia.

Body moderately shallow; teeth present on vomer but not palatines; second dorsal and anal fins longer than 1st dorsal, length of soft rays nearly equal making outer margin straight, not elevated anteriorly.

Key to Australian species of Upeneichthys.

1a. Head with stripes directed horizontally onto snout; longest soft dorsal-fin ray 2.2–2.6 times in head length; longest anal-fin ray 2.5–2.8 times in head length ………..…….........………...........….……………...... Upeneichthys stotti
1b.
 Head with some stripes directed obliquely from eye to upper jaw; longest soft dorsal-fin ray 1.1–2.4 times in head length; longest anal-fin ray 1.7–2.6 times in head length.................................................................................2

2a. Profile of snout steeply angled, much closer to vertical than horizontal in adults .......... Upeneichthys lineatus
2b.
Profile of snout at shallow angle, about 45° to horizontal in adults ……….…………………...… Upeneichthys vlamingii

Author: Martin F. Gomon

Cite this page as:
Martin F. Gomon, Upeneichthys in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Oct 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/genus/1564

References


Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Mullidae. pp. 591-592 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Hutchins, J.B. 1990. Description of a new species of mullid fish from south-western Australia, with comments on Upeneichthys lineatus. Records of the Western Australian Museum 14(4): 483-493 figs 1-4 (recognised two species, with Upeneichthys lineatus having three subspecies)

Kim, B.-J. 2002. Comparative anatomy and phylogeny of the family Mullidae (Teleostei: Perciformes). Memoirs of the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University 49(1): 1-74.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.