Yellowstripe Threadfin Bream, Pentapodus aureofasciatus Russell 2001

Other Names: Yellowstripe Whiptail, Yellow-striped Whiptail

A Yellowstripe Threadfin Bream, Pentapodus aureofasciatus, on Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea, July 2015. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A greyish-lavender to brownish seabream with a road yellow mid-lateral stripe and a dark upper caudal-fin lobe. Some individuals have a silvery mid-lateral stripe outlined in yellow, and a yellow stripe along the dorsal-fin base. Juveniles are blue with a bright yellow mid-lateral stripe and one along the dorsal-fin base.

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Yellowstripe Threadfin Bream, Pentapodus aureofasciatus Russell 2001

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical west Pacific. Individuals or small groups inhabit rubble areas on coral reef slopes in depths to 80 m, commonly in 5-35 m.


Snout length about equal in diameter to eye; head scales reaching forward to between level of anterior margin of eye and posterior nostrils; suborbital naked or with a small patch of scales beneath the eye; lower limb of preopercle with 2 or 3 scale rows; lateral-line scales 42 to 48 (usually 46 or 47); pectoral-fin rays ii, 13 to 16 (usually ii, 14 or 15); pelvic fins moderately long, reaching to or just short of level of anus; caudal fin forked, lobes more or less equal in length. 


Body pale blue, whitish on ventral surface; narrow pale yellow band extending along back above lateral line, from behind eye to posterior end of dorsal fin (faded or absent in larger specimens); a second broader pale yellow band extending midlaterally along body from behind eye to caudal peduncle (fading beneath soft dorsal fin in larger specimens); a blue band from tip of snout to middle of anterior margin of eye; a second blue band from upper lip, passing under anteroventral margin of eye and fading on preopercle (bands on the snout not apparent in Australian specimens); interspace between bands on snout pale yellow; a pearly-blue band on ventral surface from behind pelvic fins to caudal peduncle present in larger specimens; all fins pale pinkish (some specimens from Fiji and Tonga with outer portion of upper lobe of caudal fin blackish, possibly a male sexual colour pattern).

Species Citation

Pentapodus aureofasciatus Russell 2001, The Beagle 17: 53, figs 1-2. Type locality: Tutuila Island, American Samoa [14°18'S, 170°42'W]. 


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Yellowstripe Threadfin Bream, Pentapodus aureofasciatus Russell 2001


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Russell, B.C. 1990. FAO Species Catalogue. Nemipterid fishes of the World (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams, Monocle breams, Dwarf monocle breams, and Coral breams — Family Nemipteridae). Fisheries Synopsis No. 125, Vol. 12. Rome : FAO 149 pp. VIII pls. (as Pentapodus sp.)

Russell, B.C. 2001. A new species of Pentapodus (Teleostei: Nemipteridae) from the western Pacific. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 17: 53-56 

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CAAB Code:37347029

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-80m (usually to 35m)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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