Nemipterus nemurus (Bleeker, 1857)
Redspine threadfin bream
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Max. size:  21 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: including the Philippines, Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, Strait of Malacca and Indonesia.
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 three transverse scale rows. Pectoral and pelvic fins moderately long, reaching to or just short of level of anus. A line drawn up from posterior edge of suborbital reaching the dorsal profile at about 3 to 7 scale rows before origin of dorsal fin. Upper lobe of caudal fin produced into a trailing yellow filament. Axillary scale present. Color: Upper body pinkish, pearly white below. Membrane of first 2 dorsal spines bright red superiorly. Golden yellow stripe from posterior nostril through eye and from upper lip to lower eye.
Biology:  Inhabits muddy or sandy bottoms. Feeds on small fishes and larger benthic invertebrates. Most abundant species of Nemipterus in bottom trawl catches from the South China Sea.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 19.08.09
Checked by: Russell, Barry - 04.10.95

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