Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872


Other Names: Ling, Rockling, Tiger Ling

Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A motttled greyish ling, with prominent dark spots or blotches, broadly banded or spotted pectoral fins, pale pelvic fins, and blackish dorsal, anal and caudal fins with a narrow margin. Large adults are almost black.

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Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872

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Distribution

Jervis Bay, New South Wales, to Garden Island, Western Australia, including Tasmania. Adults shelter in caves and crevices during the day, while juveniles are often seen in seagrass beds.

Features

Dorsal fin 144-157; Anal fin 107-117; Caudal fin 9; Pectoral fin 21-22; Pelvic fin 1.
Body long, slender with long-based dorsal and anal fins continuous with the pointed tail. Mouth large, terminal, upper jaw extending beyond eye; a single feeler-like pelvic fin arising below middle of eye on each side; pectoral fins small; scales minute, smooth, embedded in skin. 

Fisheries

Considered good eating, although overfished in some areas along the coast.

Species Citation

Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872, Archiv für Naturgeschichte 38(1): 39. Type locality: Hobson's Bay, Victoria.

Author

Bray, D.J.

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872

References


Chong, J.L-S. 1985. Contribucion a la taxonomia de Genypterus blacodes (Schneider, 1801). Ciência y Technolgía del Mar 8: 27-39. (p. 36,  as Genypterus blacodes).

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Families Ophidiidae, Bythitidae, Carapidae. pp. 365-375 figs 326-335 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds) The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. 

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Ophidiidae. pp. 352-355 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

Klunzinger, C.B. 1872. Zur Fische-fauna von Süd Australien. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 38(1): 17-47 pl. 2 

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp. 

Nielsen, J.G., Cohen, D.M., Markle, D.F. & Robins, C.R. 1999. Ophidiiform Fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 18. 178 pp.

Prokop, F. 2002. Australian Fish Guide. Croydon South, Victoria : Australian Fishing Network 256 pp. 

Yearsley, G.K., Last, P.R. & Ward, R.D. (eds) 1999. Australian Seafood Handbook. Hobart : CSIRO Marine Research 460 pp.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37228008

Depth:1-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated, seagrass beds

Max Size:120 cm TL

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