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White-ear

Parma microlepis

(Image credit: Graham Edgar)

White-ear are common to northern New South Wales and are also present in Victoria and northern Tasmania, usually in the Bass Strait. Juveniles are common further south. Most distinguishing mark is a silvery-white blotch where an ear may be on a fish if fish had ears, it is actually on its gill cover or opercle. Otherwise the fish is brownish black, although the juveniles of the species are colourful. Larger adults may have blue dots on tail.

Length: Up to 20 cm

Habitat

Exposed reef; 1-30 m depth

Log it

In Tasmania, log it if spotted south of St Helens
In Victoria, log it if spotted west of Wilsons Promontory

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 37

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