Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner 1866

Other Names: Ladder-finned Pomfret

Eastern Pomfrets, Schuettea scalaripinnis, at Longnose Point, Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution


A striking silvery pomfred with a golden yellow back and fins, and a narrow dark bar behind the head. The Eastern Pomfred is often seen in large schools around rocky reefs in bays, harbours, along the coast and around offshore islands.

Video of Eastern Pomfreds at Long Reef, Sydney, New South Wales.

Eastern Pomfreds at Fairy Bower near Manly, Sydney, New South Wales.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Schuettea scalaripinnis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Jul 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2479

Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner 1866

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Endemic to eastern Australia from Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, to Montague Island, New South Wales. Inhabits bays, harbours, the deeper parts of estuaries and protected areas along the coast, forming large schools around dropoffs, near cave mouths and among boulders.


Dorsal fin V, 28-30; Anal fin III, 28-32; Caudal fin 17; Pectoral fin 14-18; Pelvic fin I, 5; Vertebrae 24.

Similar Species

The Western Pomfred, Schuettea woodwardi, found in coastal waters from eastern South Australia to central Western Australia, has a deeper body with taller fins, and the yellow coloration restricted to the fins.

Species Citation

Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner, 1866, Anz. Kaiser. Akad. Wissensch. Wien 3(7): 53. Type locality: Port Jackson, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Eastern Pomfred, Schuettea scalaripinnis Steindachner 1866


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CAAB Code:37356001

Behaviour:Schooling species

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:20 cm TL

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