Neatypus obliquus

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Neatypus obliquus
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Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Kyphosidae
Subfamily: Microcanthinae
Genus: Neatypus
Waite, 1905
Species: N. obliquus
Binomial name
Neatypus obliquus
Waite, 1905

Neatypus obliquus, the western footballer or footballer sweep, is a species of sea chub endemic to southern reefs of Australia, where it can be found down to 30 m (98 ft). It can also be found in the aquarium trade. This species is currently the only known member of its genus.[1]

The compressed body is silvery-blue, with orange to yellow diagonal striping bordered by a brownish black; fins match the shade of yellowy-orange. They reach a maximum length of 22 cm (8.7 in).

It occurs near inshore and offshore reefs of the southern Australia coast in active and large schools. The range is from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Flinders Island, South Australia. They feed on benthic invertebrates and zooplankton.

Other species of its family are known as footballers, for the similarity to footballer's striped jumpers.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Neatypus obliquus" in FishBase. August 2013 version.

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