Frypan Bream, Argyrops bleekeri (Oshima 1927)

Other Names: Bowen Snapper, Frying-pan Snapper, Frypan Snapper, King Soldier Bream, King Soldierbream, Longfin Snapper, Longspine Snapper, Long-spined Snapper

Frypan Bream, Argyrops spinifer. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A pale silvery-pink seabream with reddish fins, and a single short dorsal-fin spine followed by five elongated spines (especially in juveniles). Juveniles also have several narrow reddish bands along the side.
Prior to 2018, this species was known in Australia as Argyrops spinifer, a species that occurs in the western and central Indian Ocean, east to Indonesia (Iwatsuki & Heemstra 2018).

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Argyrops bleekeri in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 May 2024,

Frypan Bream, Argyrops bleekeri (Oshima 1927)

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Shark Bay region, Western Australia, around the tropical north to southeast of Yamba, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the West Pacific, from Japan to Indonesia. Inhabits sandy and muddy areas.


Dorsal fin X-XI,9-11; Anal fin III,8-9; Pectoral fin 14-16; Lateral line (pored scales) 51-54; Scales above lateral line 6.5-8.5; Scales below lateral line 15.5-18.5; Gill rakers 4-6 + 1 + 9-12 = 15-16.  
Preorbital length about 1.5 times pupil diameter; anterior dorsal-fin spines with elongate filaments.


An important food fish in parts of the world. In Australia, the species is trawled, lined and trapped off the north-western coast of Australia, and is also taken in parts of the Great Barrier Reef. As the name Frypan Bream suggests, this species is considered very good eating.


The species is named in honour of Dutch physician and ichthyologist Pieter Bleeker, who referred to this species as Sparus spinifer in 1865.

Species Citation

Argyrops bleekeri Oshima 1927, Japanese Journal of Zoology 1(5): 141. Type locality: Meitsu, Nago, Miyazaki, Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Frypan Bream, Argyrops bleekeri (Oshima 1927)


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. (as Argyrops spinifer)

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. (in part as Argyrops spinifer)

Carpenter, K.E. 2001. Sparidae, Lethrinidae. pp. 2990-3050 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. 

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. (in part as Argyrops spinifer)

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. (in part as Argyrops spinifer)

Grant, E.M. 1991. Fishes of Australia. Brisbane : EM Grant Pty Ltd 480 pp. (in part as Argyrops spinifer)

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) (as Argyrops spinifer)

Iwatsuki, Y. & Heemstra, P.C. 2018. Taxonomic review of the genus Argyrops (Perciformes; Sparidae) with three new species from the Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa 4438(3): 401-442.

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 (as Argyrops spinifer)

Russell, B., Pollard, D., Mann, B.Q., Carpenter, K.E., Buxton, C.D. & Shao, K. 2014. Argyrops bleekeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T170191A1290230. Downloaded on 22 June 2021.

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. (in part as Argyrops spinifer)

Salini, J.P., Blaber, S.J. & Brewer, D.T. 1994. Diets of trawled predatory fish of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia, with particular reference to predation on prawns. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 45(3): 397-411. (as Argyrops spinifer)

Yearsley, G.K., Last, P.R. & Ward, R.D. (eds) 1999. Australian Seafood Handbook. Hobart : CSIRO Marine Research 460 pp. 
(as Argyrops spinifer)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37353006


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30-200 m

Fishing:Recreational & commercial fish

Habitat:Muddy & sandy areas

Max Size:33 cm SL

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