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Genus Upeneichthys Bleeker, 1855



Ben-Tuvia (1986) reviewed Upeneichthys and recognised only one of four previously described species, U. lineatus, but acknowledged the considerable morphological variation of the taxon. Hutchins (1990) described Upeneichthys stotti from Western Australia and split U. lineatus into three sub-species based on the earlier descriptions. Following a detailed anatomical study of the Mullidae, Kim (2002) elevated these sub-species to species level, giving a total of four Upeneichthys species, three of which are endemic to Australia. This is the classification that we follow here.




New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

South-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Norfolk Island Province (21), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39)

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 MULLIDAE 09-Feb-2015 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
17-Dec-2012 17-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED