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Blue morwong

Nemadactylus valenciennesi

(Image credit: Erik Schlögl)

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 blue morwong differs from others in its family as it has wavy yellow and blue lines near its eyes.

ADULT: Silver blue with wavy lines radiating out from the eyes
JUVENILE: Look for yellow lines along the body and a black splotch on its side

Length: Up to 61 cm

Habitat

Exposed reef; 3-240 m depth

Log it

Log this species if spotted south of Maria Island, Tasmania

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

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/

Number of sightings 2

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