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Khaki grunter

Other namesBlack bream
Scientific nameHephaestus tulliensis
Size Range
  • Common length — 20cm
  • Maximum length — 30cm
Size limits on takesN/A
Possession limits on takes10 combined limit for sooty, khaki, lake and Gulf grunter species
Description
  • small to medium size grunter characterised by a heavily built body
  • uniformly black or brownish-grey overall with darker scale margins
  • when pelvic fins are depressed against the body they reach the vicinity of the anus
  • distinct orange/red eye
Frequent MisidentificationSooty grunter

Features that distinguish khaki grunter from sooty grunter:
� lacks concave snout-forehead profile
� lacks dark band across pectoral fin base
Distribution
  • abundant throughout coastal drainages of Northern Territory, Gulf of Carpentaria and north eastern Queensland
  • usually found in faster flowing streams, including riffles, over gravel, cobble and rock bottoms