Yellowback Bream, Dentex spariformis Ogilby 1910

Other Names: Cape Moreton Sea Bream, Deepsea Snapper, Saffron Seabream, Yellowback Seabream

Yellowback Bream, Dentex spariformis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A pinkish-orange to orange-brown seabream with a silvery belly, reddish-orange dorsal, anal and caudal fins, and three indistinct yellow blotches on the back. The head profile is noticeably rounded in front of the eyes.

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Yellowback Bream, Dentex spariformis Ogilby 1910

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Recorded in Australia from the Perth area, Western Australia, to off Bate Bay, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs  in Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa in Indonesia.


Taken as bycatch in the deep water trawl fishery off northwestern Australia. The species also forms part of the demersal scalefish fishery in Western Australia.

Species Citation

Dentex spariformis Ogilby, 1910, Endeavour Series No. 1 23: 91. Type locality: off Cape Moreton, QLD (lectotype). 


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Yellowback Bream, Dentex spariformis Ogilby 1910


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37353002

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30–346 m

Fishing:Commercial bycatch

Max Size:28 cm SL

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