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Threadfin - Striped

Threadfin - Striped
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Also known as:

Common threadfin

Northern threadfin

Puttynose

Puttynose perch

Common Group Name:

Threadfins

Family Name:

Polynemidae

Genus Name:

Polydactylus

Species Name:

Polydactylus plebeius


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of striped threadfin can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Bluish silver-grey with 7 thin olive/brown longitudinal stripes in larger specimens.
  • Threadfin are so named for the sensory filaments at the base of each pectoral fin. The sensory filaments are used to locate food items in muddy water.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species is found over muddy bottoms in estuaries, coastal beaches and relatively deep waters (to 100m) throughout the Indo-West Pacific region.
  • In Australia they are found along the entire tropical and subtropical northern coastline.

Fish Size Common Length:

15-30 cm, maximum size around 50 cm.