The Woodward’s pomfret has a deep, laterally compressed silver body with symmetrical yellow dorsal, anal and tail fins trimmed in black. They have small, deciduous scales, which unlike other fish, extend onto the dorsal fin. Their pectoral fins, behind their gills are very small.
Woodward’s pomfret are found in marine temperate Australian waters. Juveniles form large aggregations on open patches along seagrass beds in protected bays, whilst adults commonly occur in large schools in coastal waters. They tend to live in caves during the day and actively feed in the open at night on planktonic crustaceans.
Other common names include: Western Pomfred.
Occurrence at the Busselton Jetty:
The Woodward’s pomfret are an uncommon visitor out at the underwater observatory. When they have been sighted it was in a large school alongside a window on the seafloor, perhaps seeking the protection of the structure. The school disappeared as fast as it came with the arrival of a large predatory samson fish swimming around the observatory.
Image by: S. Teede