Sobaity Bream, Sparidentex hasta (Valenciennes 1830)

A Sobaity Bream, Sparidentex hasta. Source: John E. Randall / FishBase via EOL. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A single specimen, found in the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, is considered to have been introduced from the Persian Gulf via ships' ballast water.

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Sobaity Bream, Sparidentex hasta (Valenciennes 1830)

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Widespread in the western Indian Ocean eastward to India. A single specimen, thought to have been introduced via ships’ ballast water, was taken near Perth, in southwestern Australia.

Species Citation

Dentex hasta Valenciennes, 1830, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 6 255. Type locality: Malabar, India.


Dianne J. Bray

Sobaity Bream, Sparidentex hasta (Valenciennes 1830)


Buxton, C.D., Pollard, D., Russell, B., Carpenter, K.E., Hartmann, S., Abdulqader, E., Bishop, J., Kaymaram, F., Alam, S., Al-Khalaf, K., Jassim Kawari, A. & Alnazry, H. 2014. Sparidentex hasta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. . Downloaded on 16 November 2014.

Day, F. 1875. The Fishes of India; being a natural history of the fishes known to inhabit the sea and fresh water of India, Burma and Ceylon. London : B. Quaritch Part 1 168 pp., pls 1-40.

Harvey, H. & Beard, I. 1985. Bilgewater bream breaks quarantine. Modern Fishing June: 28.

Munro, I.S.R. 1948. Sparidentex hasta (Valenciennes), a new name for Chrysophrys cuvieri Day. Copeia 1948: 275-280.

Pollard, D.A. & Hutchings, P.A. 1990. A review of exotic marine organisms introduced to the Australian Region. I. Fishes. Asian Fisheries Science 3: 205-221.

Randall, J.E. 1995. Coastal Fishes of Oman. Bathurst : Crawford House Publishing 439 pp.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37353017

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-20 m

Max Size:50 cm TL


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