Lactoria fornasini (Bianconi, 1846)

Lactoria fornasini
Lactoria fornasini
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 7 January 2003
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
23m
Lactoria fornasini
Lactoria fornasini
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
17m
Lactoria fornasini
Lactoria fornasini
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Common name: Thornback Cowfish
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region: East Africa to the Hawaiian and Rapa Islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island. In Australia recorded north from Geraldton in Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland south to southern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents clear outer lagoon and seaward reefs, benthopelagic over rubble and sand. Depth to 132 m, usually 6 - 30 m.

Additional Notes:

Colouration may be green to brown covered with blue spots and scribbles. A pair of horns at the front of each eye, also two rear facing under rear of body. Body consists of hexagonal bony plates fused into a ridged case and is covered with a toxic mucus to deter predators. Grows to 23 cm.

References:

Kuiter, R. H., Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Published by Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., 1993. p.414.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=lactoria+fornasini. Accessed 02/06/18.

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Lactoria-fornasini.html. Accessed 02/06/18.