Oualan Bullseye (species: Pempheris oualensis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pempheris oualensis
Oualan Bullseye

©Anne Hoggett: Pempheris oualensis in a cave at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Pempheridae
Genus Pempheris
Species Pempheris oualensis



Distinguishing features

Found in caves or underhangs during the day, often swimming upside down. Brown with a black spot at the pectoral fin base and a black leading edge to the dorsal fin.


  • Up to 22 cm (Length according to Allen et al (2003).)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.

Other references

  • Grutter, A.S. (1997). Effect of the removal of cleaner fish on the abundance and species composition of reef fish, Oecologia, 111: 137-143. LIRS catalog number 504.