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Whiskered prowfish

Neopataecus waterhousii

(Image credit: Rudie Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics)

Rare scorpionfish relatives that are very well-camouflaged to resemble encrusting algae or sponges. Their pink, orange or dark brown skin is covered with wartlike bumps and they regularly shed their skin.

Length: Up to 22 cm


Sheltered to moderately exposed reef with macroalgae and sponges; 0-50 m depth

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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 2

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