Acanthopagrus australis (Gunther, 1859)
Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to eastern Australia from Townsville south to eastern Victoria.
Prefers sandy or rubble substrate near rocky or reef areas. Particularly common on coastal reefs and in estuaries.
Important recreational catch, occurs in large numbers in some places. Grows to about 4kg and 65cm. Distinguished from commonly seen Tarwhine, Rhabdosargus sarba, by straighter forehead and absence of yellow brown lines over the scales.