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a common sight in the waters Buffalo Bream

Noongar name - Djilba

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These fish, also known as Silver Drummer, are very common around Rottnest Island and is one of the largest fish to be seen very often. They live in schools. Schools of juveniles and small adults prefer to live in sheltered bays. Schools of large adults are found further out over deeper water reefs. These fish inhabit the same reef system for a long time and can become territorial.

Threats include; habitat destruction, over-fishing and pollution

Where you can find a Buffalo Bream

Conservation Status

The waters around Rottnest Island are a designated Marine Reserve. Some parts of Rottnest’ reefs are included the Marine Sanctuary Zones shown in the Rottnest Island Marine Management Strategy (2007).
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest’s beaches and reefs healthy

  • Do adhere to fishing limits
  • Do anchor only in sandy areas of water
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided

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