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