Grammistes sexlineatus (Thunberg, 1792)

Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 26 January 2018
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
20m
Grammistes sexlineatus
Grammistes sexlineatus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
19m
Common name: Lined Soapfish
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, from the Red Sea to the Marquesan Islands, north to southern Japan, south to New Zealand. In Australia recorded from Exmouth in Western Australia, north through the offshore islands and reefs to Ashmore and Cartier Reefs, in Queensland from Torres Strait south to northern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents coastal waters over coral and rocky reefs to a depth of at least 130m, usually to 20m. 

Additional Notes:

Adults black with thin yellow stripes along body, blue edged black spot on upper lip. Small juveniles have only 2 white stripes, number increasing as the fish matures. Feeds on small fishes, skin contains toxin-producing glands which is bitter to the taste. Hides under ledges and in small caves during the day, emerging at night to feed. Specimens pictured are about 10 cm long, grows to 30 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.101.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=grammistes+sexlineatus. Accessed 27/05/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Grammistes-sexlineatus.html. Accessed 27/05/18.