Achoerodus viridis (Gill, 1863)

Achoerodus viridis
Achoerodus viridis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 4 April 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
18m
Achoerodus viridis juvenile
Achoerodus viridis juvenile
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
2m
Additional Notes: 

Juveniles, as pictured here, found in estuarine areas. Subject photographed about 30mm in length.

Achoerodus viridis
Achoerodus viridis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 13 May 2013
Location: 
South Solitary Island
Depth: 
8m
Additional Notes: 

Intermediate phase pictured here.

Common name: Eastern Blue Groper
Distribution:

Common around the coastline and offshore islands in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia it ranges from southern Queensland to Wilson's Promontory on the south east coast of Victoria.

Ecological Notes:

Found in shallow rock and boulder areas where it stays close to refuges offered by crevices and caves. Feeds on barnacles, abalone, other shellfish, crabs and sea urchins. Depth to at least 20m.

Additional Notes:

Easily recognised by its size and colouration. Adult males are bluish, whilst the females are reddish-brown. Juveniles are light olive brown, and are often seen amongst alga in estuaries and bays. Large individuals have prominent fleshy lips and peg-like teeth. Grows to 1.2m. 

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