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Eastern wirrah

Acanthistius ocellatus

(Image credit: Rick Stuart-Smith, Reef Life Survey)

Otherwise known as ‘Old boot’ due to its taste, the eastern wirrah has a greenish-brown body covered in blue centered spots. Count thirteen spines on its dorsal fin (back fin). Juveniles have banded patterning.

Length: Up to 60 cm


Exposed reef; 4-100 m depth

Log it

Log it if spotted south of St Helens in eastern Tasmania and wherever it is spotted in Victorian waters

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 books.

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne
Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne
Fishes of Tasmania by P. Last, E. Scott and F. Talbot (1983). Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority, Hobart

Number of sightings 3

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