Diamondfish, Monodactylus argenteus (Linnaeus 1758)


Other Names: Butter Bream, Butter-Bream, Butterfish, Butter-fish, Diamond Fish, Diamond-fish, Silver Batfish, Silver Moony

A Diamondfish, Monodactylus argenteus, South Solitary Island, New South Wales, April 2006. Source: Sascha Schultz / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:

The aptly-named Diamondfish is silvery with black to dusky leading edges and blackish fin tips on the dorsal and anal fins. Small juveniles have a yellow dorsal fin and two vertical bars on the head.


Video of Diamondfish at Pender Bay, Dampier Penninsula, Western Australia.


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Bray, D.J. 2020, Monodactylus argenteus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Feb 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/581

Diamondfish, Monodactylus argenteus (Linnaeus 1758)

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Distribution

Port Hedland, Western Australia, around the tropical north to Mallacoota, Victoria. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.  

Inhabits bays and harbours, mangrove estuaries, river mouths, inshore marine areas, tidal creeks and streams. Common around jetties and wharf pilings. Juveniles common in estuaries, often entering the lower reaches of freshwater streams.

Size

To 25 cm SL (standard length) and 27 cm TL (total length).

Feeding

Feeds on plankton and detritus.

Fisheries

Of minor commercial importance.

Conservation

  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not Evaluated
  • Species Citation

    Chaetodon argenteus Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema naturae  I: 272. Type locality: Indies.

    Author

    Bray, D.J. 2020

    Resources

    Atlas of Living Australia

    Diamondfish, Monodactylus argenteus (Linnaeus 1758)

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  • Quick Facts


    CAAB Code:37356002

    Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

    Depth:0-18 m

    Habitat:Reef associated

    Max Size:27 cm SL

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