Sarda australis (Macleay, 1881)

Common Name: 
Australian Bonito

Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the south western Pacific Ocean: southestern Australia, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. In Australia recorded from central Queensland south to the Victorian border. 

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents reefs and the shallower waters of the continental shelf. 

Additional Notes: 

Torpedo shaped body, distinct stripes on upper body fading in lower half. Sometimes schools in substantial numbers close to shore. Sought after as a bait and game fish. Grows to 180 cm, usually around 45 cm.


Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.377.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 06/07/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. Accessed 06/07/18.