Nelusetta ayraud (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)

Nelusetta ayraud
Nelusetta ayraud
Ian Shaw
Monday, 20 August 2012
North Rock
Common name: Ocean Jacket

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, known from southern Queensland around the southern half of the continent, excepting southern Tasmania. Also known from northern New Zealand.

Ecological Notes:

Juveniles school in estuaries and inshore waters, adults rarely seen by divers, inhabiting deeper rocky reef waters to at least 360m depth.

Additional Notes:

Juvenile pictured here. Voracious predator, preying on invertebrates and fish, is known to attack fish larger than themselves. This species forms the basis of a commercial fishery in NSW. Juveniles have longitudinal stripes, adults tend to be plain coloured, yellow or brown. Grows to 1m.