Yelloweye Redfish, Centroberyx australis Shimizu & Hutchins 1987

Other Names: Yelloweye Nannygai, Yelloweye Red Snapper, Yellow-eyed Red Snapper

A Yelloweye Redfish, Centroberyx australis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


A deep-bodied species with a bright yellow eye and a white spot on each body scale forming narrow horizontal lines or stripes along the side; dorsal, anal and caudal fins reddish, with an intense broad red stripe on each caudal fi lobe; pectoral fins mostly transparent, pelvic fins whitish.

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Yelloweye Redfish, Centroberyx australis Shimizu & Hutchins 1987

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SW of Coffin Bay, Great Australian Bight, South Australia, to Muiron Island off North West Cape, Western Australia.


Dorsal fin VI,13-14; Anal fin IV,12-13; Pectoral fin 13-15; Pelvic fin 1,7; Caudal fin rays iv, 1, 10, 9, 1, iv; Branchiostegal rays 8; Gill rakers 6-7 + 16-18; Scale rows around caudal peduncle 18-19; Lateral line scales 39-41; Scales above lateral line 8-9; Scales below lateral line 13-14; Scales from pelvic base to anus 7-9; Vertebrae 10 + 14.


Head and body reddish orange, more silvery ventrally; each scale row appearing as a whitish longitudinal line; spines and rays of all fins pale reddish orange (noticeably darker in caudal), spine tips white, fin membranes trans- parent; posterior margin of caudal fin transparent; eye golden yellow, pupil black. Colour in ethanol: pale yellowish brown, more silvery on ventral half; eye yellowish to dusky.


Taken by handline and bottom trawl.

Similar Species

Differs from the closely related Centroberyx gerrardi, in having a higher lateral line count (39-41 vs 36-38 in C. gerrardi), in the nostril configuration (the nostrils are separated by a distance far greater than the diameter of the anterior nostril in C. gerrardi), in lacking the prominent white stripe along the lateral line of C. gerrardi, in having a yellow eye vs a red eye. C. affinis has a higher dorsal spine count (7 vs 6) and a red eye. In addition, the nostrils of C. affinis are considerably larger in size and almost touching one another.


The specific name is from the Latin australis (= southern), in reference to its distribution in southern Australian waters.

Species Citation

Centroberyx australis Shimizu & Hutchins 1987, Memoirs of Museum Victoria 48(1): 89, fig. 1. Type locality: off Ocean Reef, Western Australia, 31°47´S, 115°20´E.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Yelloweye Redfish, Centroberyx australis Shimizu & Hutchins 1987


Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1994. Family Berycidae. pp. 392-398 figs 352-357 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.

Moore, J. 2020. Centroberyx australis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T123356336A123356637. Accessed on 07 December 2022.

Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Berycidae. pp. 415-419 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

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CAAB Code:37258006

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Feeding:85-566 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Max Size:30cm SL


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