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

Summary:
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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Dianne J. Bray, Symphorus nematophorus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Jan 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/579

Chinamanfish, Symphorus nematophorus (Bleeker 1860)

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Distribution

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.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Chinamanfish, Symphorus nematophorus (Bleeker 1860)

References


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Bleeker, P. 1860. Dertiende bijdrage tot de kennis der vischfauna van Celebes. Visschen van Bonthain, Badjoa, Sindjai, Lagoesi en Pompenoea. Acta Societatis Scientiarum Indo-Neerlandicae 8: 1-60.

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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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