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:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from northern 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 20m.

Additional Notes:

A benthic feeder, it takes various invertebrates and other fishes. Bright orange to red colouration with even covering of small white spots makes identification of this species relatively easy. Grows to around 40cm.