Gracile Staury (species: Saurida gracilis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Saurida gracilis
Gracile Staury

©Rituraj Sharma: Saurida gracilis in the Lizard Island lagoon.

©Anne Hoggett: Saurida gracilis at night at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A different individual of Saurida gracilis at night at Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Aulopiformes
Family Synodontidae
Genus Saurida
Species Saurida gracilis



Distinguishing features

Teeth visible when mouth is closed. Three dark bars on rear half of body, broader than those of Saurida nebulosa. "Pectoral fin long... tip of which extends clearly past pelvic insertion to within two or three scale rows of dorsal origin" (Waples, 1981).


  • Up to 32 cm (length according to Fishes of Australia accessed 24 Jun 2020)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen and M.V. Erdmann, G.R. (2012). Reef fishes of the East Indies. Volumes I-III in: Reef fishes of the East Indies. Tropical Reef Research, Perth, Australia. LIRS catalog number 90162.

Other references

  • Lassig, B.R. (1983). The effects of a cyclonic storm on coral reef assemblages, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 9(1): 55-63. LIRS catalog number 253.
  • Stewart, B.D. (1998). Interactions between piscivorous coral reef fishes and their prey, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Australia. LIRS catalog number 593.
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