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Bony Bream

Bony Bream

Reference photo: Australian Museum nd.
Bony Bream, accessed 4 Jan 2013.

The Bony Bream (Nematalosa erebi) is from the herring family of fishes. Dorsally, the body is greenish to grey with lighter sides and a silver to white belly. The tail is deeply forked, the dorsal fin is spineless with a long filament present from the end. The mouth is small and toothless with the lower jaw fitting into the upper jaw when the mouth is closed.

The Bony Bream occurs in a variety of habitats but is most common in shallows of still or slow flowing streams and rivers, particularly in low visibility turbid conditions. It can also be found in fresh and saline lakes. This species grows to a maximum length of 40 centimetres but most common at 18 centimetres.

This species is widespread throughout the world and Australia. It is common in all coastal drainages within Queensland. It forms large schools near the bottom, feeding primarily on benthic algae, but detritus and small invertebrates are also consumed.

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