The eating qualities of whiptails and related species such as rainbow monocle bream can be 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.
- A pale brownish threadfin bream, with a blue stripe along the dorsal-fin base, a yellow to orange stripe from behind the eye to the upper pectoral-fin base.
- The upper lobe of the tail is produced into a very long filament.
- An active and aggressive bottom dweller which feeds on small fishes, crustaceans and polychaete worms.
- This species is found throughout the western Pacific region including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the Philippines.
- In northern Australia it occurs in the Northern Territory, throughout Queensland and south to Sydney in New South Wales.
- Adults occur in small groups around inshore reefs in water between 3 and 70 meters deep, with juveniles often found in shallower sandy or rubble areas.
Fish Size Common Length:
18-25 cm, maximum size around 30 cm.