(Image credit: David Harasti)
The body is generally brown on the upper surfaces and yellow on the lower areas and towards the head. Anal and pelvic fins are yellow. Tail fin is forked with rounded ends and yellowish brown in colour. The dorsal fin is brown with a vertical yellow band at the rear that fades into a translucent section. Scale edges have a brown mark on the trailing edge. These markings intersect to give the fish a thin diagonally banded look.
The Coral Sea gregory forms pairs during breeding. Males aggressively defend rocky areas where the sticky eggs are deposited. It is common to see fish larger than the Gregory being chased away from breeding sites.
Length: Up to 15 cm
Rocky reef; 1-30 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.
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