(Image credit: Rudie Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics)
Slender fishes with a broad, flattened head without dorsal sucking disk and a protruding lower jaw; long-based dorsal fin preceded by short separated spines; anal fin similar with a slightly shorter base; front of soft dorsal and anal fins distinctly higher than rest of fin; caudal fin concave in adults with a longer upper lobe, fin rounded in juveniles. Dark brown above with two narrow white stripes along sides from head to tail base of tail, underside pale; large adults with a single stripe along the upper side.
Length: Up to 200 cm fork length
Pelagic, offshore coral or rocky reefs, to coastal muddy, sand or rubble areas. Often seen at or near the surface accompanying large rays and sharks; rarely in temperate waters; 0-200 m depth
In Victoria, log this species if spotted west of Wilsons Promontory
In Western Australia, log this species south of Cape Naturaliste
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:
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/