Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory



<I>Seriolella brama</I>

Seriolella brama


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Barrelfishes, Butterfishes, Medusafishes, Ruffs, Trevallas

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24 September 2013 - Douglass F. Hoese, Dianne J. Bray & Matthew M. Lockett

20 December 2006 - Douglass F. Hoese & Dianne J. Bray


Members of the Centrolophidae are found throughout the world in tropical and temperate marine environments. Currently, seven genera and about 28 species are recognised (Nelson 2006), with all genera and 14 species recorded from Australia.

Centrolophids are pelagic in oceanic environments, some being associated with seamounts. Some species undergo considerable morphological change with growth. Many species are important commercial fishes in Australia, particularly the blue-eye trevalla, Hyperoglyphe antarctica. Centrolophids reach a large size, with the maximum size exceeding 1.4 m.

The family has not been studied thoroughly in Australia and is in need of revision. A number of Australian species are discussed in McDowall (1979, 1982, 1994, 2001) and Haedrich (1967). McDowall (1994) also provided a key to genera. Bolch et al. (1994) studied relationships of Australian genera and species based on genetic work and suggested that Psenopsis was polyphyletic. Doiuchi et al. (2003) presented evidence showing that Psenopsis does not belong with this group, but Nelson (2006) retained Psenopsis in Centrolophidae.


General References

Bolch, C.J.S., Ward, R.D. & Last, P.R. 1994. Biochemical systematics of the marine fish family Centrolophidae (Teleostei:Stromateoidei) from Australian waters. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 45(7): 1157-1172

Doiuchi, R., Sato, T. & Nakabo, T. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships of the stromateoid fishes (Perciformes). Ichthyological Research 51(3): 202-212

Haedrich, R.L. 1967. The stromateoid fishes; systematics and a classification. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard 135(2): 31-139 figs 1-56

McDowall, R.M. 1979. The centrolophid genus Tubbia :(Pisces : Stromateoidei). Copeia 1979(4): 733-738 figs 1-4

McDowall, R.M. 1982. The centrolophid fishes of New Zealand (Pisces : Stromateoidei). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 12(2): 103-142 figs 1-20

McDowall, R.M. 1994. Family Centrolophidae. pp. 832-838, figs 736-741 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

McDowall, R.M. 2001. Centrolophidae. pp. 3767-3770 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 601 pp.

Waite, E.R. 1921. Illustrated catalogue of the fishes of South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 2(1): 1-208 293 figs pl. 1 [fig. 130]


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)
08-Oct-2013 STROMATEOIDEI 08-Oct-2013 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
12-Feb-2010 (import)