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Warty prowfish

Aetapcus maculatus

(Image credit: Rudie Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics)

Curious scorpionfish relatives that are very well-camouflaged amongst sponges. These sedentary fishes regularly shed their skin to prevent the build-up of fouling organisms.

Known from Wilsons Promontory to Lancelin, Western Australia, and in northern and eastern Tasmania. Usually live in association with sponges, but also found amongst seagrass and maroalgae.

Length: Up to 22 cm


Sheltered to moderately exposed reefs with sponges; 3-30 m depth

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This species is not well studied - and we're asking you to log it to try and find out more about it's distribution. Log this species if spotted west of Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

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 13

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