McCulloch's Bandfish, Owstonia maccullochi Whitley 1934

Other Names: Crimson Perch

McCulloch's Bandfish, Owstonia maccullochi. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A bandfish with a prominent black stripe on the membrane connecting the maxilla and premaxilla (upper jaw bones) that extends to near the anterior end of the ascending process of the premaxilla. The inner membrane covering the posterior part of the dentary is also black. Life coloration unknown.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Owstonia maccullochi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Mar 2023,

McCulloch's Bandfish, Owstonia maccullochi Whitley 1934

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Endemic to eastern Australia, from NE of Townsville, Queensland, to off Sydney, New South Wales (latitudes ~18°-34°S); trawled in depths of ~ 220‒348 m.


Adults with dorsal fin uniformly pale; membrane connecting maxilla and premaxilla with prominent black stripe extending to near anterior end of ascending process, and inner membrane covering posterior part of dentary also black. Life coloration unknown.


Named for the Australian ichthyologist Allan R. McCulloch (1885–1925).

Species Citation

Owstonia maccullochi Whitley 1934, Supplement to check-list fishes of  New South Wales: 12th unnumbered page. Type locality: east of Sydney, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

McCulloch's Bandfish, Owstonia maccullochi Whitley 1934


Last, P.R., Pogonoski, J.J., Gledhill, D.C. White, W.T. & Walker, C.J. 2014. The deepwater demersal ichthyofauna of the western Coral Sea. Zootaxa 3887 (2): 191–224.

Liao, Y.-C., Reyes, R.B., Jr. & Shao, K.-T. 2009. A new bandfish, Owstonia sarmiento (Pisces: Perciformes: Cepolidae: Owstoniinae), from the Philippines with a key to the species of the genus. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57: 521-515 (as a synonym of Owstonia totomiensis).

Pollard, J. (ed.) 1980. G.P. Whitley's Handbook of Australian Fishes. North Sydney : Jack Pollard Publishing Pty Ltd 629 pp.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2001. Cepolidae. pp. 3331-3332 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Johnson, G.D. 2016. Hidden diversity in deep-water bandfishes: review of Owstonia with descriptions of twenty-one new species (Teleostei: Cepolidae: Owstoniinae). Zootaxa 4187(1): 1–103. PDF Open access

Whitley, G.P. 1934. Supplement to the check-list of the fishes of New South Wales. 12 unnumbered pages in McCulloch, A.R. (ed.) The Fishes and Fish-like Animals of New South Wales. Sydney : Roy. Zool. Soc. N.S.W. 104 pp. 43 pls.

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CAAB Code:37380006

Depth:220-348 m

Max Size:22 cm SL


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