Occurrence at the Busselton Jetty: Western Buffalo Bream are seen on a daily basis, including juveniles (which often congregate in small schools, most likely for protection) through to large adults, in the open water section. Often seen feeding on jetty piles.
The common buffalo bream has a large, robust silver body, a black band on the outer section of the tail and a small black spot below the pectoral fin. They grow to a maximum size of 86 centimetres. Off the coast of Western Australia common buffalo bream can be found in large schools on the deep reefs cruising below rough swells, although single fish are often seen along the southern and eastern coasts of Australia. They are rarely found below depths of 30 metres. Large adults can become territorial and inhabit the same reef system for long periods of time, where they feed on beds of brown algae, and consequently have an unpleasant ‘weedy’ flavour. They are found between the Shark Bay Marine Park, WA and Moreton Bay, Queensland.
Other common names include: Southern silver drummer, buff bream, Sydney drummer.