Leopard Jawfish, Opistognathus reticulatus (McKay 1969)


Leopard Jawfish, Opistognathus reticulatus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A distinct jawfish with pale reticulate network enclosing irregular tan blotches, each with one to several small, dark-brown spots, a dark spot on the pectoral-fin base, and white pelvic and anal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Opistognathus reticulatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 12 Jul 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/4479

Leopard Jawfish, Opistognathus reticulatus (McKay 1969)

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Distribution

Endemic to north Western Australia, from Exmouth Gulf to Admiralty Gulf. Inhabits burrows on rubble or soft bottom areas.

Features

Vertebrae 13+18.

Species Citation

Tandya reticulata McKay 1969, J. Roy. Soc. W. A. 52(1): 1. Type locality: Broome, Western Australia.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Leopard Jawfish, Opistognathus reticulatus (McKay 1969)

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. The marine fishes of tropical Australia and south-east Asia. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum. 292 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

McKay, R.J. 1969. The genus Tandya in Western Australia, with a description of a new opisthognathid fish, Tandya reticulata sp. nov. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 52(1): 1-2 fig. 1 See Ref at BHL

Smith-Vaniz 1999. Family Opistognathidae. pp. 2588-2589 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.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2004. Descriptions of Six New Species of Jawfishes (Opistognathidae: Opistognathus) from Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 56: 209-224 PDF available, open acess

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37388008

Behaviour:In burrows

Depth:1-50 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:50 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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