Bullseye; Common - Busselton Jetty
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Bullseye; Common


Occurrence at the Busselton Jetty:   Common bullseyes can be found under the jetty, often solitary and are not as obvious as rough bullseyes.  They are slightly larger fish than the rough bullseye.

Pempheris multiradiata
Common Bullseye

The common bullseye is a deep bodied species, silvery to bronze in colour, and easily recognised by distinctive yellow pelvic fins with black tips.  Their large eyes are adapted for use at night for visually locating relatively small planktonic prey.  This species is widespread and abundant on southern Australian reefs from Jurien Bay, Western Australia to Terrigal on the central New South Wales coast where it is found in a range of habitats from shallow silty estuaries to depths of 30 metres on reefs.  Juveniles are often found in moderately sized schools in shallow water.   Adults generally occur in pairs, even solitary, on deeper reefs where the species usually shelter in caves and ledges during the day, venturing out at night to feed.  The common bullseye grows to 28 centimetres in length.


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Hutchins, B and Swainston, R. (1986) Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Swainston Publishing, Australia

Kuiter, R H.  (1996)  Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia.  New Holland Publishers, Australia