Snubnose Drummer (species: Kyphosus cinerascens) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Kyphosus cinerascens
Snubnose Drummer

©Anne Hoggett: Kyphosus cinerascens at Day Reef near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Kyphosus cinerascens at the lagoon entrance bommie, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Kyphosus cinerascens (upper) with Kyphosus vaigiensis on the outer slope of Yonge Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Kyphosidae
Genus Kyphosus
Species Kyphosus cinerascens



Distinguishing features

Silver/grey with horizontal lines on sides. Rear of dorsal fin is distinctly elevated. This is the most easily-distinguished of the Kyphosus species in the Lizard Island area.


  • From 3.1 cm to 38.2 cm (standard length (Knudsen and Clements, 2013))

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island area: Quite common

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R., L. van Herwerden and N. Konow (2004). Evolution and biogeography of marine angelfishes (Pisces: Pomacanthidae), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 33: 140-155. LIRS catalog number 873.
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