Banded Weedfish, Heteroclinus whiteleggii (Ogilby 1894)

Other Names: Long-nosed Weed-fish, Whitelegg's Weedfish

A Banded Weedfish, Heteroclinus whiteleggii, at Guerilla Bay, Batemans Marine Park, New South Wales. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC By Attribution

Like other weedfishes, this species is highly variable in colour, ranging from pink to brown or green, with darker wavy bands on the body that extend onto the dorsal fin, and a series of white dashes along the lower sides.

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Banded Weedfish, Heteroclinus whiteleggii (Ogilby 1894)

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Endemic to eastern Australia, from Point Cartwright, Queensland, to Nullica Bay, New South Wales. Inhabits tidepools and rock platforms and shallow algal-covered rocky reefs.

Species Citation

Clinus whiteleggii Ogilby, 1894, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 2 9(2): 371. Type locality: Jervis Bay, NSW.


Dianne J. Bray

Banded Weedfish, Heteroclinus whiteleggii (Ogilby 1894)


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CAAB Code:37416024

Biology:Live bearer

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL


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