Nemipterus nematophorus (Bleeker, 1854)
Doublewhip threadfin bream
Nemipterus nematophorus
photo by Randall, J.E.

 Family:  Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
 Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range - 75 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: including the Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, Strait of Malacca, Philippines, South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand and Indonesia. Record from northwestern Australia is apparently unfounded.
 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 3 transverse scale rows. Pectoral and pelvic fins long, reaching to between level of anus and origin of anal fin. First two dorsal spines close together, almost fused, forming a very long filament. Upper lobe of caudal fin produced to form a trailing filament. A line drawn up from the posterior edge of suborbital reaching the dorsal profile about 2 to 5 scale rows before origin of dorsal fin. Axillary scale present. Color: Head and body pinkish, silvery-white below.
 Biology:  Occurs on sand or mud bottoms.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 26.10.11
 Checked by: Russell, Barry - 04.10.95

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