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Species Drepane punctata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Sicklefish, Butter-fish, Butterfish, Concertinafish, Jetto, Peppercorn, Sickle-fish, Silver Moonfish, Spotted Batfish, Spotted Sicklefish, Spotted Sicklefish, Spotted Spadefish


Generic Combinations




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Onslow, WA (21°38'S) to Bundaberg, QLD (24°52'S) and a single specimen in Queensland Museum from Moreton Bay, QLD (27°15'S); tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, estuary, inshore, soft bottom.


Common Name References

Allen, G.R. 1985. Fishes of Western Australia. Book 9. pp. 2207-2534 526 pls in Burgess, W.E. & Axelrod, H.R. (eds). Pacific Marine Fishes. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications. [2362] (Spotted Spadefish)

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. [94] (Sicklefish)

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. [397] (Butterfish, Sickle-fish)

Heemstra, P.C. 2001. Drepanidae. pp. 3221-3223 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp. [3223] (FAO) (Spotted Sicklefish)

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and Their Relatives. A comprehensive guide to Acanthuroidei. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp. [204] (Spotted Sicklefish)

Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls. [266] (Butter-fish, Peppercorn)

Pollard, J. (ed.) 1980. G.P. Whitley's Handbook of Australian Fishes. North Sydney : Jack Pollard Publishing Pty Ltd 629 pp. [191] (Concertinafish, Jetto, Silver Moonfish)

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1984. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls. [240] (Spotted Batfish)

Seafood Services Australia 2008. Australian Fish Names Standard. (Sicklefish)


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)
02-May-2012 02-May-2012 MOVED
11-Jun-2013 27-Mar-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)