Aploactisoma milesii (Richardson, 1850)

Common Name: 
Southern Velvetfish

Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, is primarily found in southern Australian waters, from Sydney to Shark Bay in Western Australia and including Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents rocky estuaries, shallow protected reef to deeper sponge dominated reef, where it hides under rocks or partly buried in sand among rocks. Depth range from 3 to 30m at least.

Additional Notes: 

Common throughout its recorded range, feeds on shrimps and other small crustaceans. A secretive species with highly variable colouration from grey or creamy to dark purple brown with red patches, is rarely seen due to superb camouflage. Grows to 20cm.


Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p. 105.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=aploactisoma+milesii. Accessed 24/04/18.