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Dusky morwong

Dactylophora nigricans

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

The morwong family have lovely large rubbery lips, are slow moving and often have an elongated or several elongated sections on their pectoral fins (the ones on the side). The Dusky morwong, the largest in this family, is not as nice to eat as some of the others.

ADULT: Uniform green-brown colour
JUVENILE: Have light body colour and brown spots on its upper body and tail

Length: Up to 1.2 m


Sheltered and moderately exposed seagrass, reef, sand; 1-30 m depth

Log it

Log if spotted in Tasmanian waters only

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 resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (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

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 22

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