Nemipterus aurifilum (Ogilby, 1910)
Yellow-lip threadfin bream
photo by FAO

Family:  Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Max. size:  18.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 24 - 220 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6192) and eastern Australia, from southern Queensland to northern New South Wales. This species is very similar to Nemipterus bathybius.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Suborbital spine absent. Preopercle with 3 transverse scale rows. Pectoral and pelvic fins not reaching to level of origin of anal fin. Upper lobe of caudal fin produced into a long trailing filament. First dorsal spine short. A line drawn upwards from posterior edge of the suborbital reaching the dorsal profile at or behind origin of dorsal fin. Axillary scale present. Color: upper part of body red, shading through rose-pink on the sides to pearly-white on the ventral surface. Can be distinguished from N. bathybius by having a more slender body, wider interorbital and shorter pectoral fins.
Biology:  Inhabits sandy or muddy bottoms. Feeds on small crustaceans.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 04.10.95
Checked by: Russell, Barry - 04.10.95

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