(Image credit: Rick Stuart-Smith, Reef Life Survey)
The morwong family have lovely large rubbery lips, are slow moving and often have an elongated or several elongated sections on their pectoral fins (the ones on the side). The Dusky morwong, the largest in this family, is not as nice to eat as some of the others.
ADULT: Uniform green-brown colour
JUVENILE: Have light body colour and brown spots on its upper body and tail
Length: Up to 1.2 m
Sheltered and moderately exposed seagrass, reef, sand; 1-30 m depth
Log if spotted in Tasmanian waters only
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
Fishes of Tasmania by P. Last, E. Scott and F. Talbot (1983). Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority, Hobart
Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/