Western Fortescue, Centropogon latifrons Mees 1962

Other Names: Fortescue, Pale Fortescue

A Western Fortescue, Centropogon latifrons, at Garden Island, Fremantle, Western Australia, May 2019. Source: Glen Whisson / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A creamy tan fortescue with a dark blotch on the head and anterior dorsal-fin spines, a prominent dark brown band from the rear of the spinous dorsal fin to the base of the anal fin spines, and a narrow chevron-shaped brown band on the caudal-fin base.

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Western Fortescue, Centropogon latifrons Mees 1962

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to Kalbarri, Western Australia. Inhabits sandy areas and coastal seagrass beds.


Dorsal fin XVI, 8: Anal fin III, 5; Caudal fin 12.
Body depth 32-34% SL; head of moderate size, 37-39% SL; eyes 27-30% HL; mouth small, horizontal. Lateral line nearly straight.

Similar Species

Differs from the Eastern Fortescue, Centropogon australis, in having a deeper interorbit and occipital pit, a smaller and rounder mouth, and a narrow chevron-shaped brown band on the caudal-fin base.

Species Citation

Centropogon australis latifrons Mees 1962, Western Australian Fisheries. Bulletin 9(3): 28. Type locality: Cheyne Beach, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Atlas of Living Australia

Western Fortescue, Centropogon latifrons Mees 1962


Acero, A., Murdy, E. & Poss, S. 2010. Centropogon latifrons. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155196A4742287. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T155196A4742287.en. Downloaded on 18 February 2019.

Ayvazian, S.G. & Hyndes, G.A. 1995. Surf-zone fish assemblages in south-western Australia: do adjacent nearshore habitats and the warm Leeuwin Current influence the characteristic of the fish fauna? Marine Biology 122(4): 1432-1793

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

Johnson, J.W. & Motomura, H. 2008. Family Tetrarogidae. pp. 498-501 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Mees, G.F. 1962. Additions to the fish fauna of Western Australia. 3. Western Australian Fisheries. Bulletin 9(3): 23-30 fig. 1

Poss, S.G. 1994. Family Scorpaenidae. pp. 477-494 figs 428-441 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

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CAAB Code:37287094

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Sand/seagrass beds

Max Size:12.5 cm SL

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