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Also known as:

Paradise Threadfin Bream

Blue-banded Whiptail

Blue-faced Whiptail

Butterfly Bream


Paradise Butterfish

Paradise Whiptail



Rainbow Paradise Fish

Common Group Name:

Threadfin breams

Family Name:


Genus Name:


Species Name:

Pentapodus paradiseus

Dispatch Method:

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.

Fish Description:

  • 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.

Fish Distribution:

  • 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.