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Common Bullseye

Common Bullseye

Pempheris multiradiata

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.

 

Occurrence at the Busselton Jetty

Common bullseyes are usually found solitary or in small groups under fallen jetty piles. Individuals are also often seen mixed with Rough Bullseyes, which school in large numbers beneath the Jetty structure.

Image by: O. Rynvis