Orangelined Bullseye, Pempheris ornata Mooi & Jubb 1996

Other Names: Orange-lined Bullseye

Orangelined Bullseyes, Pempheris ornata, at Adelaide, Gulf St Vincent, South Australia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

A small bullseye with a bright yellow eye and 5–6 orange stripes along the side.

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Orangelined Bullseye, Pempheris ornata Mooi & Jubb 1996

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Endemic to southern Australia, from Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to Dongara, Western Australia. The species appears uncommon, and small groups are usually seen sheltering under ledges and at cave entrances during the day.


The specific name ornata is from the Latin ornamentum (= ornamented or ornate) in reference to the spectacular coloration of this species compared to its congeners.

Species Citation

Pempheris ornata Mooi &. Jubb 1996., Rec. Aust. Mus. 48(2): 120. Type locality: Rapid Bay, South Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Orangelined Bullseye, Pempheris ornata Mooi & Jubb 1996


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Mooi, R.D. &. Jubb, R.N. 1996. Descriptions of two new species of the genus Pempheris (Pisces: Pempheridae) from Australia, with a provisional key to Australian species. Records of the Australian Museum 48(2): 117-130 PDF available, open access

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CAAB Code:37357013


Depth:4-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm


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