Pink Tilefish, Branchiostegus wardi Whitley 1932

Other Names: Ward's Horsehead, Ward's Tilefish

A Pink Tilefish, Branchiostegus wardi, from off Récif Toombo, off Nouméa, New Caledonia, depth 250 m, July 2009. Source: Jean-Lou Justine / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC by Attribution-ShareAlike

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Branchiostegus wardi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 Feb 2024,

Pink Tilefish, Branchiostegus wardi Whitley 1932

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to off Lakes Entrance, Victoria. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Caledonia. Inhabits soft sediment areas on the continental shelf.

Species Citation

Branchiostegus wardi Whitley 1932, Records of the Australian Museum 18(6): 335, pl. 39(3). Type locality: Port Stephens, New South Wales.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Pink Tilefish, Branchiostegus wardi Whitley 1932


Dooley, J.K. 1978. Systematics and biology of the tilefishes (Perciformes : Branchiostegidae and Malacanthidae), with descriptions of two new species. National Marine Fisheries Service (U.S.). Circular 411: 1-78 figs 1-44 

Dooley, J.K. 1999. Family Branchiostegidae. pp. 2630-2648 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790. 

Dooley, J.K. & Iwatsuki, Y. 2012. A new speces of deepwater tilefish (Percoidea: Branchiostegidae) from the Philippines, with a brief discussion of the status of tilefish systematics. Zootaxa 3249: 31-38

Dooley, J.K. & Kailola, P.J. 1988. Four new tilefishes from the northeastern Indian Ocean, with a review of the genus Branchiostegus. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 35(3): 247-260

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. 

Kramer, S.H., Kramer, S.M. & Newman, S.J. 1994. New deep-water fish records from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Pacific Science 48(1): 70-79

Marino, R.P. & Dooley, J.K. 1982. Phylogenetic relationships of the tilefish family Branchiostegidae (Perciformes) based on comparative myology. Journal of Zoological Society of London 196: 151-163.

Whitley, G.P. 1932. Studies in Ichthyology No. 6. Records of the Australian Museum 18(6): 321-348 figs 1-3 pls 36-39

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CAAB Code:37331006

Depth:32-250 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:40 cm SL

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