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Species Kyphosus vaigiensis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)

Brassy Drummer, Brassy Chub, Long-finned Drummer, Low-finned Drummer, Northern Silver Drummer, Queensland Drummer, Southern Drummer

Generic Combinations



Previously thought to be restricted to the Indo-Pacific however recent molecular work has shown a much greater distribution that includes the eastern Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea (Knudsen & Clements 2013)




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

North of Coral Bay (23°02'S) to Cape Leveque (16°24'S), Rowley Shoals (17°29'S) and Scott Reef (14°04'S), WA, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°14'S), Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Arafura Sea east of Cape Wessel, NT (136°41'E) to Montague Island, NSW (36°16'S), also Herald Cay and Lihou Reef, Coral Sea and and Norfolk Island; tropical, circumglobal

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northeast Province (18), Timor Province (2), Norfolk Island Province (21), Cocos (Keeling) Island Province (22), Christmas Island Province (23), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Northwest Transition (3), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Adult: herbivore, schooling.

Coral reef, inshore, marine, rock reef.

Extra Ecological Information

To 25 m.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [144]

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. [126]

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [515]

Dor, M. 1984. CLOFRES, Checklist of the Fishes of the Red Sea. Jerusalem : Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities 437 pp. 2 figs. [167]

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. [68, 133]

Knudsen, S.W. & Clements, K.D. 2013. Revision of the fish family Kyphosidae (Teleostei: Perciformes). Zootaxa 3751(1): 1-101 [65-75]

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. [212]

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. [202]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part II. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 145–329 [238] (as Kyphosus gibsoni)

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. [215]

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs. [215]

Sakai, K. 2001. Kyphosidae. pp. 3290-3296 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. [3295]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [47] (1294 and 1295, as Leptokyphosus gibsoni)


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)
23-Feb-2015 KYPHOSIDAE 17-Feb-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese
23-Nov-2012 01-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED