Sailfin Snapper, Blue And Gold Striped Snapper, Blue-lined Seabream, Blue-lined Seaperch
Symphorichthys spilurus, North WA, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Symphorichthys spilurus, WA, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Symphorichthys spilurus, North WA, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Symphorichthys spilurus, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Very steep head profile, and body tapering outwards, with highest part just before start of tail base. Dorsal fin with several long trailing filaments. Body yellow with blue horizontal stripes, white-edged black spot on tail base, and two vertical brown/orange bars on head, one through eyes and one just behind head. Should not be eaten because of risk of ciguatera poisoning. Black spot on tail base and bars on head distinguish it from juveniles of Symphorus nematophorus (Chinamanfish).
Max Size: 60 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 24.0-31.3°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland