name = Silver drummer
phylum = Chordata
genus = "
species = "K. sydneyanus"
binomial = "Kyphosus sydneyanus"
binomial_authority = (Günther, 1886)
The silver drummer, "Kyphosus sydneyanus", is a
sea chubof the family Kyphosidae, found around Australiaand New Zealandin shallow rocky areas. Length is up to 75 cm, and they may weigh up to 11 kg.
The silver drummer is a plump bodied fish with a broad blunt head and a strong square-cut
caudal fin. They have small powerful mouths, adapted to bite off seaweed, particular the red and green varieties.
Small silver drummer prefer shallow rocky areas with breaking waves, whereas larger specimens are seen in deeper water often in schools.
This is a long-lived species, a specimen 60 cm long being estimated to be nearly 50 years old.
They are very poor eating.
* Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, "Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand", (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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