(Image credit: David Harasti)
Large head, mouth and eyes in relation to body size. Silvery body with visible scales that have a pearly sheen and small brown spots. Distinguishing features are a bony shield at the top of the gill opening and a black spot on the trailing end of the dorsal fin. Juveniles have a vertical brown band that crosses the eye roughly diagonally.
Commonly found schooling in small to medium aggregations on deeper reefs.
Length: Up to 70 cm
Schooling in deep offshore reefs; 5-90 m depth
In New South Wales, log if spotted in Port Stephens and south
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
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