Freckled Driftfish, Psenes cyanophrys Valenciennes 1833

Other Names: Blue Eyebrow-fish

A juvenile Freckled Driftfish, Psenes cyanophrys, near the sea surface at Chichi Island, Ogasawara, Japan. Source: orangkucing / License: CC by Attribution-ShareAlike

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Freckled Driftfish, Psenes cyanophrys Valenciennes 1833

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Off Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and off the Great Barrier Reef and reefs in the Coral Sea, Queensland, to off Stockton Beach, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal in warm waters, often in association with jellyfishes, Sargassum spp. and flotsam.


Feeds mostly on planktonic organisms including copepods, amphipods, fish eggs and larvae, and chaetognaths.

Species Citation

Psenes cyanophrys Valenciennes, in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1833, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons Vol. 9: 260, pl. 265. Type locality: New Ireland.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Freckled Driftfish, Psenes cyanophrys Valenciennes 1833


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CAAB Code:37446015

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-550 m

Habitat:Epipelagic (mostly)

Max Size:23 cm SL

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