Kyphosus sydneyanus (Gunther, 1886)

Kyphosus sydneyanus
Kyphosus sydneyanus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
8m
Kyphosus sydneyanus
Kyphosus sydneyanus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 3 January 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Common name: Silver Drummer
Distribution:

Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the South West Pacific region: southern half of Australia, east to Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and New Zealand. In Australia recorded from southern Queensland around the southern coast to Geraldton in Western Australia, and including Lord Howe Island. Rarely in Bass Strait and Tasmania.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents areas around shallow rocky reef and in coastal bays and harbours, especially in areas of high water movement. Depth from 1 to 20 m.

Additional Notes:

Silvery grey with dark fins, distinguished from similar Kyphosus biggibus by its bigger scales and lighter front part of tail. Feeds on benthic algae and zooplankton in the water column. Often in small to large schools. Grows to 75 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.197.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=kyphosus+sydneyanus. Accessed 02/06/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Kyphosus-sydneyanus.html. Accessed 02.06.18.