Girella elevata (Macleay, 1881)

Girella elevata
Girella elevata
Ian Shaw
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Sth Solitary Island
Common name: Rock Blackfish

Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed through the Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand. Recorded from the east coast of Australia, southern Queensland to north eastern Tasmania, also from Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents areas of high water movement around headlands and offshore islands. Depth to 25 metres

Additional Notes:

Usually secretive during the day, may be observed by divers in the white water adjacent to reef or rocky areas. Sometimes found under rocks and ledges, feeds on algae scraped off rocks along with other floating vegetable matter. Grows to 60cm.