Longtail Weed Whiting, Siphonognathus tanyourus Gomon & Paxton 1986

Other Names: Long-tail Weed-whiting

Longtail Weed Whiting, Siphonognathus tanyourus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved


The least known of the six species in this genus, the Longtail Weed Whiting has the body form of the Longray Weed Whiting with a longer and more slender caudal peduncle, as well as the scales on top of the head reaching forward to just above the middle of the eyes rather than to or in advance of the front of the eyes. This is a small species, which probably doesn't attain a length much greater than 13 cm total length.

The Longtail Weed Whiting is only known from rather high energy coastal habitats with dominant stands of macroalgae where diving is difficult.

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Bray, D.J. & Gomon, M.F. 2018, Siphonognathus tanyourus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1267

Longtail Weed Whiting, Siphonognathus tanyourus Gomon & Paxton 1986

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Endemic to southern Australia, from Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, to the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia, and King Island, Tasmania.

Species Citation

Siphonognathus tanyourus Gomon & Paxton 1986, Indo-Pacific Fishes 8: 51, pl. 6(D, E), fig. 21. Type locality: Great Glennie Island, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria.


Bray, D.J. & Gomon, M.F. 2018


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Longtail Weed Whiting, Siphonognathus tanyourus Gomon & Paxton 1986


Clements, K.D., Alfaro, M.E., Fessler, J.L. & Westneat, M.W. 2004. Relationships of the temperate Australasian labrid fish tribe Odacini (Perciformes; Teleostei). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 32: 575–587.

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Family Odacidae. pp. 700-710 figs 612-621 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. 

Gomon, M.F. & Paxton, J.R. 1986. A revision of the Odacidae, a temperate Australian-New Zealand labroid fish family. Indo-Pacific Fishes 8: 1-57 figs 1-21 pls 1-6

Gomon. M.F. 2008. Family Odacidae. pp. 659-667 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. 2005. Checklist of marine fishes of Recherche Archipelago and adjacent mainland waters. pp. 425-449 in Wells, F.E., Walker, D.I. & Kendrick, G.A. (eds). Proceedings of the Twelfth International Marine Biological Workshop: The Marine Flora and Fauna of Esperance, Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum. 

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

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics 398 pp. (as Sheardichthys tanyourus)

Russell, B., Clements, K.D., Choat, J.H., Rocha, L.A., Myers, R., Lazuardi, M.E., Muljadi, A., Pardede, S. & Rahardjo, P. 2012. Siphonognathus tanyourus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T190684A17774691. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012.RLTS.T190684A17774691.en. Downloaded on 26 June 2018.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37385012

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:1-19 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm SL


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