Tag: Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus vaigiensis)

The Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus vaigiensis) is a member of the Sea Chub family (commonly known as Drummers or Rudderfish).

As with other members of this family, they are reasonably easy to identify with their high body profile, large forked tail and small head and mouth.

The overall colouration of this species is a fairly drab gray with darker gray horizontal lines. They become slightly more distinctive when they display a blotched white pattern, which they do frequently.

Growing to a maximum length of around 70cm, they are powerful swimmers which are often found in the shallow "surge zone" at exposed sites such as Sail Rock, although they can be found in the shallower reef areas also.

Their diet consists mainly of small crustaceans, although they may change to a herbivorous diet during certain times of year.

The Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus vaigiensis) is a member of the Sea Chub family (commonly known as Drummers or Rudderfish).

As with other members of this family, they are reasonably easy to identify with their high body profile, large forked tail and small head and mouth.

The overall colouration of this species is a fairly drab gray with darker gray horizontal lines. They become slightly more distinctive when they display a blotched white pattern, which they do frequently.

Growing to a maximum length of around 70cm, they are powerful swimmers which are often found in the shallow "surge zone" at exposed sites such as Sail Rock, although they can be found in the shallower reef areas also.

Their diet consists mainly of small crustaceans, although they may change to a herbivorous diet during certain times of year.

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Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus Vaigiensis)

In this photo it is easy to see the "blotched" colouration that the Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus Vaigiensis) is capable of reverting to.

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Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus Vaigiensis)

A Lowfin Drummer (Kyphosus Vaigiensis) at Sail Rock displaying the "common" grey colouration with darker grey, horizontal lines.