Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Nemipteridae
(Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Etymology: Nemipterus: Greek, nema, -atos = filament + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 30 - 102 m (Ref. 9785). Tropical; 17°N - 19°S, 114°E - 147°E (Ref. 3810)
Western Central Pacific: Philippines, Indonesia, and northern Australia from the Timor Sea to northern Queensland. The name Nemipterus marginatus has been misapplied to this species by some authors.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3810); common length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3810)
soft rays: 7. Lower edge of eye touching or above a line drawn from the tip of snout to the upper base of the pectoral fin. Suborbital shallow, with a slightly emarginate lower edge. Dorsal fin origin about 2-6 scale rows from an imaginary line projected upwards from the posterior edge of the suborbital to dorsal profile. Relatively high soft dorsal fin, with the posterior rays the longest among the Nemipterus species. Upper lobe of caudal fin pointed and bright sulphur-yellow. Axillary scale present. Color: Pinkish head and body with mauve reflections, becoming pearly white on the ventral side.
Occurs on sand or mud bottoms. Appears in small numbers in local markets.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Russell, B.C., 1991. Description of a new species of Nemipterus (Pisces: Perciformes; Nemipteridae) from the Western Pacific, with re-descriptions of Nemipterus marginatus (Valenciennes), N. mesoprion (Bleeker) and N. nematopus (Bleeker). J. Nat. Hist. 25:1379-1389. (Ref. 3207)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.4 - 28.3, mean 27.4 (based on 146 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02138 (0.01244 - 0.03675), b=2.95 (2.80 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.4 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .