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Australian sawtail

Prionurus microlepidotus

(Image credit: David Harasti)

Grey to light brown in colour. The distinguishing features are the scutes (small bony plates found at the rear of the body near the tail). Faded black spots surround the scutes. The mouth is relatively small. In adults the fins are silvery grey that may have a slight blue tinge. Juveniles have a yellow and translucent tail fin.

Length: Up to 70 cm


Coastal rocky reefs and estuaries. Juveniles in calm waters around pylons and rocky outcrops; 7-25 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log if spotted south of Port Stephens

Number of sightings 34

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