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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
    Image by: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO
    Rights: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. Image enhanced during FRDC project


Male Bridled Leatherjackets can be recognised by their distinctive colouration. They are greyish with blue spots on the upper and lower sides of the body. A blue line curves across the cheek to the eye and then along the side of the body. A black line curves from the chin to the dorsal margin of the snout, then to the eye. ... source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat
Australian National Fish Collection Images
Authoritative image, Images, Occurrence record
Encyclopedia of Life
Marine Life Society of South Australia
Images, Occurrence record
Port Phillip Marine Life
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author

Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Body slender, compressed, dorsal fin spine with four rows of barbs; males with harness-like markings, females greenish with irregular spots.
Description : Body slender, first dorsal-fin spine stout, with four serrated edges; males pale greenish, with black-edged blue bridle-like stripes on head and mid-sides, and a distinctive black band near tail margin; females and juveniles mottled brown often with black spots, and sometimes an indistinct bridled pattern before eyes. Usually 8 cm long head to tail (up to 14 cm).
Biology : Male Bridled Leatherjackets are easily recognised, while the females and juveniles may be difficult to identify. This schooling species commonly inhabits seagrass beds in estuaries and coastal bays, and is sometimes seen in reef areas.
Habitat: Amongst seagrass in shallow bays and estuaries.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shallow (1-30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: True
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Acanthaluteres spilomelanurus


Synonyms Source
Balistes spilomelanurus Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Published in: Quoy, J.R.C. & Gaimard, J.P. 1824. Chapter 8. Poissons. Voyage autour du Monde, entrepris par ordre du Roi, exécuté sur les corvettes de S.M. Uranie et la Physicienne, pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820 Vol. 1 pp. 712 pp. 96 pls pp. 183-328 pls 43-65
Aleuteres maculosus Richardson, 1840 Richardson, 1840 Richardson, 1840
Published in: Richardson, J. 1840. On some new species of fishes from Australia. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 8 pp. 25-30
Aleuteres paragaudatus Richardson, 1840 Richardson, 1840 Richardson, 1840
Published in: Richardson, J. 1840. On some new species of fishes from Australia. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. Vol. 8 pp. 25-30
Monacanthus forsteri Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1872. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 1. The Melbourne fish market. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 1 pp. 29-242 1 pl.

Common Names

Common name Source
Bridled Leatherjacket
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Golden-eyed Leatherjacket
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Small Brown Leatherjacket
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Working classification

Acanthaluteres spilomelanurus  Recorded in Australia

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