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Species Albula oligolepis Hidaka, Iwatsuki & Randall, 2008

Smallscale Bonefish



It appears that most record of Albula from Australia have been based on this species. However, material in museums has not been re-identified. Albula argentea (previously recorded as A. forsteri) has been confirmed from some localities in Australia. Consequently information presented here is tentative and actual distributions cannot be confirmed at this time. Hida et al (2008) examined little material from Australia, but speculated that most would probably be A. oligolepis based on material used by Colborn et al. (2001).




Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Off Dampier, WA (19°28'S, 116°45'E), and Lizard Island (14°40'S, 145°28'E) to Southport (27°54'S, 153°24'E), QLD, possibly Lord Howe Island; tropical Indo-West Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Leptocephalus larva: planktonic.

Benthic, benthopelagic, estuary, inshore, marine.

Extra Ecological Information



General References

Colborn, J., Crabtree, R.E., Shaklee, J.B., Pfeiler, E. & Bowen, B.W. 2001. The evolutionary enigma of bonefishes (Albula spp.): cryptic species and ancient separations in a globally distributed shorefish. Evolution 55(4): 807-820 [Date published 14 May 2001] [811] (as Albula sp. D)

Davie, P. 1998. Wild Guide to Moreton Bay. Wildlife and habitats of a beautiful Australian coast – Noosa to the Tweed. Brisbane : Queensland Museum xxiv 408 pp. [267] (as A. neoguinaica)

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 (as A. neoguinaica, but confirmation of record needed)

Grant, E.M. 1982. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : The Department of Harbours and Marine 896 pp., 459 pls. [100] (as A. vulpes)

Grant, E.M. 1987. Fishes of Australia. Brisbane : EM Grant Pty Ltd 480 pp. [55] (as A. neoguinaica)

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) [307]

Paxton, J.R., Gates, J.E., Bray, D.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Albulidae. pp. 226-227 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [227] (as A. forsteri in part.)

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs. [32] (as A. argentea)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Mar-2019 ELOPOMORPHA 03-Oct-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM)
12-Apr-2011 ADDED