Little Jewfish, Johnius australis (Günther 1880)

Other Names: Bottlenose Jewfish, Bottle-nose Jewfish, Bottle-nosed Jewfish, River Perch
A silvery jewfish covered in brown dots, with pale pectoral and pelvic fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Johnius australis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jun 2024,

Little Jewfish, Johnius australis (Günther 1880)

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Fog Bay, north of the Finniss River, Northern Territory, to Moreton Bay, Queensland, and New Guinea.

Similar Species

The Little Jewfish has been confused with Johnius borneensis.

Species Citation

Corvina australis Günther 1880, Report shore fishes voyage H. M. S. Challenger 1873-1876 1(6): 33. Type locality: Mary River, near Tiaro, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Little Jewfish, Johnius australis (Günther 1880)


De Vis, C.W. 1884. New fishes in the Queensland Museum. No. 3. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 9(3): 537-547 (as Corvina comes)

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. 

Günther, A. 1880. Report on the shore fishes procured during the voyage of H.M.S Challenger, in the years 1872–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 1(6): 1-82 pls 1-32 

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls. 

Ogilby, J.D. 1908. Descriptions of new Queensland fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 21: 87-98 (as Pseudomycterus maccullochi)

Ogilby, J.D. 1918. Edible fishes of Queensland. Parts 10–14. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 6: 45-90 figs 16-26 (as Johnius novaehollandiae)

Sasaki, K. 2001. Sciaenidae. pp. 3117-3174 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. 

Trewavas, E. 1977. The sciaenid fishes (croakers or drums) of the Indo-West-Pacific. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 33(4): 253-541 + frontispiece, Pls. 1-14.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37354022

Depth:0-40 m

Habitat:Estuaries, rivers, coastal waters

Max Size:23 cm SL

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map