Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Sciaenidae
(Drums or croakers)
Etymology: Nibea: Greek, niba, nipsis = to wash.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; benthopelagic. Tropical
Western Central Pacific: northern Australia, including the northwestern coast.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44894); common length : 19.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9772)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. Snout pointed, projecting in front of upper jaw; mouth small, inferior, slightly oblique; upper jaw length 32-38 % of head length, lower jaw length 34-40 % of head length. Mental pores in 3 pairs, the first close together, united by a crescent-shaped groove just behind symphysis. Teeth differentiated into large and small in upper jaw only; a band of villiform teeth in lower jaw. Second anal spine long, stiff, 44 to 57 % of head length. Swim bladder carrot-shaped, with 19-21 pairs of arborescent appendages along its sides, the first pair entering head beyond transverse of septum. Sagitta (large earstone) with a tadpole-shaped impression, the tail of which is J-shaped.
Inhabits shallow coastal waters, estuaries and rivers (Ref. 9772). Mainly found in brackish or marine conditions, but sometimes penetrates fresh water (Ref. 44894).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sasaki, K., 1992. Two new species of Nibea (Sciaenidae) from northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Jap. J. Ichthyol. 39(1):1-7. (Ref. 10324)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00871 (0.00425 - 0.01785), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .