Brachirus nigra

Black Sole
Brachirus nigra
Brachirus nigra, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Brachirus nigra
Brachirus nigra, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Brachirus nigra
Brachirus nigra, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Brachirus nigra
Brachirus nigra
Brachirus nigra


Temperate Australasia


Oval shape with tail connected to dorsal and anal fins, light grey to black upper surface, body with mucous coating. Pectoral fin often dark brown to black. This species is moderately common in estuaries and coastal bays


Max Size: 35 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.7-25.1°C

Depth: 0-20m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Widespread (100% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney