Chinamanfish, Symphorus nematophorus (Bleeker 1860)

Other Names: Chinaman Fish, Chinaman Snapper, Chinaman-fish, Galloper, Thread-finned Sea Perch, Thread-finned Sea-perch

A juvenile Chinamanfish, Symphorus nematophorus, at Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Source: Peter Rask Møller / Fishbase. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A large greyish-brown to reddish tropical snapper with a steep snout profile, high dorsal and anal fins, at least one filamentous dorsal-fin ray, and often with broad irregular pale and dark bars on the sides. Juveniles are pale orange to brownish, with irregular bluish stripes and markings on the head and sides, and several long filamentous dorsal-fin rays.

Chinamanfish reportedly cause ciguatera poisoning.

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Chinamanfish, Symphorus nematophorus (Bleeker 1860)

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Recorded in Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland, and also Scott Reef, Western Australia. Elsewhere, widespread in the tropical, west Pacific. Inhabits coastal reefs to a depth of about 50 m.

Species Citation

Mesoprion nematophorus Bleeker, 1860, Acta Societ. Scient. Indo-Neerland. 8: 56. Type locality: Badjoa, Sulawesi (as Celebes), Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray

Chinamanfish, Symphorus nematophorus (Bleeker 1860)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37346017

Danger:May cause ciguatera poisoning

Depth:1-50 m

Fishing:Commercial and sports fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:80 cm TL

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