Trachypoma macracanthus (Gunther, 1859)

Trachypoma macracanthus
Trachypoma macracanthus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 13 May 2013
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Trachypoma macracanthus
Trachypoma macracanthus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
8m
Common name: Pacific Rockcod
Distribution:

Relatively common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from the whole of New South Wales, Lord Howe and Norfolk Is, northern New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents protected reef and boulder areas, often secreted in caves and overhangs. Depth range to 45 m.

Additional Notes:

Bright orange to red colouration with even covering of small white spots, large eye set high on head. A benthic feeder, it takes various invertebrates and other fishes. Grows to around 40 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p.109.

Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.127.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au//search?q=trachypoma+macracanthus. Accessed 01/06/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Trachypoma-macracanthus.html. Accessed 01/06/18.