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Species Lists

RLS profile v3
Abundance: 2.014
Behaviour: Southern pygmy leatherjackets are common in all southern states in seagrass and brown algal habitats. At night they often sleep while attached by mouth to seaweed fronds
Commercial_Uses: None, other than trivial captures for aquarium trade
Common_Name: Pygmy leatherjacket;Southern pygmy leatherjacket
Depth: 0–25 m
Description: This is a highly distinctive leatherjacket because of its small size and rounded shape. It is also unusual in that the dorsal spine lacks a secondary locking spine and can therefore be easily depressed
Distribution: Lancelin, WA, to Moreton Bay, Qld, and around Tas.
Frequency: 3.444
Habitat: Sheltered and moderately exposed reef, seagrass
IUCN_Threat_status: Not assessed
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Max_size: 90 mm
Range: 873.084
Threats: No major threats to this species are known
South Australian Fish from the AFD
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Body compressed, almost circular, belly inflatable, dorsal-fin spine smooth, colour pattern variable.
Description : Body almost circular, compressed, belly inflatable. Two dorsal fins, the first with two spines, first spine relatively short, slender with smooth edges, second spine very small; skin velvety. Colour pattern highly variable, usually greenish to brownish, with spots, lines and small ocelli (false eye-spots). Usually 4 cm long to tail tip (up to 9 cm long).
Biology : The is the smallest leatherjacket species in southern Australia. It occurs in a range of habitats, with large adults often found on rocky reefs. Unusually for a leatherjacket, this species inflates its belly for protection, and during territorial disputes between males. When 'sleeping', the Pygmy Leatherjacket anchors itself by biting onto a piece of seaweed.
Habitat: Coastal reefs, as well as piers, jetties and seagrass beds within estuaries.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
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
Brachaluteres jacksonianus


Synonyms Source
Balistes jacksonianus 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
Aleuterius baueri Richardson, 1846 Richardson, 1846
Published in: Richardson, J.. Ichthyology. The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–43 Vol. 2 pp. 139 pp. 53-74 pls 31-41, 43-44 & 53 (part)
Aleuterius trossulus Richardson, 1846 Richardson, 1846
Published in: Richardson, J.. Ichthyology. The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror under the Command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S., during the years 1839–43 Vol. 2 pp. 139 pp. 53-74 pls 31-41, 43-44 & 53 (part)
Monacanthus oculatus Günther, 1870 Günther, 1870
Published in: Günther, A. 1870. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Gymnotidae, Symbranchidae, Muraenidae, Pegasidae, and of the Lophobranchii, Plectognathi, Dipnoi, [thru] Leptocardii, in the British Museum London : British Museum Vol. 8 pp. 549 pp.
Monacanthus distortus Castelnau, 1873 Castelnau, 1873
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1873. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 8. Fishes of Western Australia. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 2 pp. 123-149
Brachaluteres fidens Whitley, 1931 Whitley, 1931
Published in: Whitley, G.P. 1931. New names for Australian fishes. Aust. Zool. Vol. 6 (4) pp. 310-334 1 fig. pls 25-27
Brachaluteres wolfei Scott, 1969 Scott, 1969
Published in: Scott, E.O.G. 1969. Description of Brachaluteres wolfei, sp. nov. (Aluteridae) and first Tasmanian record of Urolophus paucimaculatus Dixon, 1969 (Urolophidae). Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tas. Vol. 103 pp. 35-45

Common Names

Common name Source
Southern Pygmy Leatherjacket
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Pigmy Leatherjacket
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Pygmy Leatherjacket
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Working classification

Brachaluteres jacksonianus  Recorded in Australia

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