(Image credit: Graham Edgar)
A well known New South Wales coastal reef species present from southern Queensland to Victoria. Adults are considered rare but present in the Bass Strait, around King Island. These would be a good fish for kissing as they have big lips! Not recommended though. The adult morwong is very plain, no marking, blotches or patterns just a light silvery blue with blue tail fins. Juveniles will have a dark blotch on the side.
AKA: Blue Morwong or Great Perch, these are commonly known as morwongs
Length: Up to 74 cm
Exposed sand, reef; 10-100 m depth
Log this species wherever it is spotted in Tasmanian waters
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
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