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Wattsia mossambica (Smith, 1957)
Mozambique Large-eye Bream; Gnathodentex mossambicus Smith, 1957

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Species Wattsia mossambica (Smith, 1957)


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CAAB : 37351027 Taxon concept Wattsia_mossambica last modified 2013-11-01 10:03:48.203

Species Wattsia mossambica (Smith, 1957)

Mozambique Seabream , Mozambique Large-eye Bream


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

North West Shelf, WA (18°00'S) to north-west of Darwin, Timor Sea (9°55'S, 129°34'E), and off Ribbon Reefs, QLD (14°40'S) to off Ballina, NSW (28°31'S); tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northeast Transition (19), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory, Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, continental slope, marine.

Extra Ecological Information

100–300 m.


General References

Carpenter, K.E. 2001. Sparidae, Lethrinidae. pp. 2990-3050 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. [3050]

Carpenter, K.E. & Allen, G.R. 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae) . An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis. No. 125, Vol. 9. Rome : FAO 118 pp. [93]

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. [517]


Common Name References

Carpenter, K.E. & Allen, G.R. 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae) . An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis. No. 125, Vol. 9. Rome : FAO 118 pp. [93] (FAO) (Mozambique Large-eye Bream)

Seafood Services Australia 2008. Australian Fish Names Standard. http://www.fishnames.com.au/. ( Mozambique Seabream )


History of changes

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19-Dec-2012 01-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
30-Mar-2010 MODIFIED

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Lethrinidae  
 Genus Wattsia  
  Wattsia mossambica    (Smith, 1957) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms: Gnathodentex mossambicus Wattsia mossambicus   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993); The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.5(FAO, 2001)
Character: Dorsal-fin rays X, 10; anal-fin rays III, 10; pectoral-fin rays 14. Body depth 1.92 times in standard length. The inner surface of the pectoral fin axil without scales. Overall color is silvery-gray with yellowish suffusion; scale margins are narrowly brownish. Indistinct dark blotches or bars are sometimes apparent on the body. The lips are whitish to yellow. The fins are yellow, faint brown spotting may be present on soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins. A narrow blackish bar runs across the base of the pectoral fin. 
Habitat: Inhabits the outer edge of the continental shelf. Feeds on bottom-living invertebrates and small fishes. Caught mainly with bottom longlines and bottom trawls. 
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: tropical, known only from a few scattered localities which include Mozambique, Malay Peninsula, New Guinea, southern China, and Japan. Taiwan: South, Lyudao.  
Utility: Commercial fishery species. 
Name Code: 382083
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