Owstonia sarmiento (Liao, Reyes and Shao 2009)

Owstonia sarmiento, from Luzon, Philippines, PNM 17006, 61 mm SL. Source: Fig 1A, after Liao et al. (2009) Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57(2). License: All rights reserved

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Owstonia sarmiento in Fishes of Australia, accessed 04 Mar 2021,

Owstonia sarmiento (Liao, Reyes and Shao 2009)

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Western Coral Sea from north of Townsville to east of Dunk Island, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and New Caledonia, in depths of 215-415 m.


The species is named for Malcolm Sarmiento, then director of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Species Citation

Sphenanthias sarmiento Liao, Reyes & Shao 2009, Raffles Bull. Zool. 57(2): 522, Figs. 1A, 1B. Type locality: Aurora, East Luzon, Philippines, 15.96°N, 121.78°E, depth 307-292 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Owstonia sarmiento (Liao, Reyes and Shao 2009)


Fricke, R., Allen, G.R., Andréfouët, S., Chen, W.-J., Hamel, M.A., Laboute, P., Mana, R., Tan, H.H. & Uyeno, D.  2014. Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of Madang District, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 820 new records. Zootaxa 3832(1): 1-247.

Liao, Y.-C., Reyes, R.B., Jr. & Shao, K.-T. 2009. A new bandfish, Owstonia sarmiento (Pisces: Perciformes: Cepolidae: Owstoniinae), from the Philippines with a key to the species of the genus. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 57: 521-515.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Johnson, G.D. 2016. Hidden diversity in deep-water bandfishes: review of Owstonia with descriptions of twenty-one new species (Teleostei: Cepolidae: Owstoniinae). Zootaxa 4187(1): 1–103.

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CAAB Code:37380016

Depth:215-415 m


Max Size:8.4 cm SL

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