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Species Tetrosomus reipublicae (Whitley, 1930)

Smallspine Turretfish, Turret Fish, Turret-fish, Turretfish


Miscellaneous Literature Names



There is some confusion over the correct name for this species. Matsuura (2001) regarded Tetrosomus concatenatus as a synonym of Lacrophrys triqueter from the Atlantic. However, other workers (e.g. Randall et al. 1990) apparently regarded the type locality as incorrect and regarded Tetrosomus reipublicae as a junior synonym of Tetrosomus concatenatus. Both names are in use and further work may alter the name used here.




New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Albany, WA (117°52'E) to Shark Bay, WA and north QLD to Jervis Bay, NSW (35°03'S); tropical, Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Lord Howe Province (14), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Coral reef, inshore, rock reef, seagrass.


General References

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. [244] (as Tetrosomus concatenatus)

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. [1085] (as Tetrosomus concatenatus)

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. [154]

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. [291, 362] (as Tetrosomus reipublicae (Ogilby, 1913))

Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp. [508] (as Rhinesomus reipublicae)

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp. (as Trioris republicae)

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. [414] (as Tetrosomus concatenatus)

Matsuura, K. 2001. Ostraciidae, Aracanidae, Triodontidae, Tetraodontidae. pp. 3948-3957 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. [3951] (the name Tetrosomus concatenatus (Bloch, 1786) has often been applied to this species, but that name is a junior synonym of the Atlantic species Lactophrys triqueter (Linnaeus, 1758))

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. [471] (as Tetrosomus concatenatus)

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. [471] (as Tetrosomus concatenatus)

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [59] (2382, as Triorus reipublicae and 2383, as Triorus pyxis)


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)
12-Feb-2010 (import)