Schuettea woodwardi

Western pomfret
Schuettea woodwardi
Schuettea woodwardi, Rottnest Is, WA, Photo: Andrew Green


Temperate Australasia


Commonly occurs in large schools along the southern section of the west coast. It lives in caves during the day, feeding in the open at night on planktonic crustaceans.


Max Size: 24 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.2-23.3°C

Depth: 1-15m

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: Common (44.0% 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: Many (62 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