Girdled Scalyfin, Parma unifasciata (Steindachner 1867)

Other Names: Girdled Parma

A Girdled Scalyfin, Parma unifasciata, at Nambucca Reef, New South Wales, October 2011. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A greyish to brown scalyfin with a broad white band on the body behind the pectoral fin. Juveniles are bright yellow to brownish-yellow with neon-blue lines and spots, and a paler indistinct broad band on the body.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Parma unifasciata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Jul 2024,

Girdled Scalyfin, Parma unifasciata (Steindachner 1867)

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Mudjimba Island, Queensland, to Eden, New South Wales. Adults often occur on offshore reefs and around islands, while juveniles frequently inhabit inshore reefs. 

Species Citation

Pomacentrus unifasciatus Steindachner 1867, Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 56(1): 326. Type locality: Port Jackson, NSW.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Girdled Scalyfin, Parma unifasciata (Steindachner 1867)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37372097

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm SL


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