Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Terapontidae
(Grunters or tigerperches)
Etymology: Syncomistes: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, komistes, -ou = leader, driver (Ref. 45335); versicolor: From the Latin versicolor, meaning many colors, in reference to the distinct changes in the color of the species at different stages in its ontogeny.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Oceania: Prince Regent River in Kimberley region, Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 25.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 119336)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Adults prefer to inhabit deeper, slow flowing portions of creeks and rivers. Juveniles occupy shallow, still waters or occasionally in riffle habitat. Frequently encountered shoaling in the middle of the water column around snags, also observed in large schools (> 50 fish) patrolling up and down stream reaches. Occurs in clear waters over rocky substrates, usually where algae are in abundance. There is an apparent segregation by size/age with large adult fishes (> 200 mm)
appearing restricted to the lower catchment, while juveniles and sub-adults only stay in the upper catchment. Feeds mainly on filamentous algae that are scraped off rocks with its modified teeth (Ref. 119336).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Shelley, J.J, A. Delaval and M.C. Le Feuvre, 2017. A revision of the grunter genus Syncomistes (Teleostei, Terapontidae, Syncomistes) with descriptions of seven new species from the Kimberley region, northwestern Australia. Zootaxa 4367(1):1-103. (Ref. 119336)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .