Deceitful Velvetfish, Peristrominous dolosus Whitley 1952

Other Names: Brown Carpet Fish

A Deceitful Velvetfish, Peristrominous dolosus, trawled off Cairns, Queensland, depth about 30 m. Source: Fenton Walsh / Cairns Marine. License: All rights reserved

A pale brown to reddish-brown velvetfish with darker marblings forming four indistinct bars along the back, variegated smoky-grey to brownish fins, pale tips on anterior dorsal spines, very dark pectoral and anal fins, and blue eyes surrounded by dusky radiating lines.

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Deceitful Velvetfish, Peristrominous dolosus Whitley 1952

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Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to the Brisbane River, Queensland. The species may occur in southern New Guinea. Inhabits inshore soft bottom areas.


Head bones heavily armoured; interorbital with a wide depression, pelvic fin inserted well behind pectoral-fin base.


Taken as bycatch in trawl fisheries.


The specific name is from the Latin dolosus (= deceitful), partly in reference to its camouflaging coloration and partly from the type-locality, Deception Bay. 

Species Citation

Peristrominous dolosus Whitley 1952, Records of the Australian Museum 23(1): 25, fig.1. Type locality: Deception Bay, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Deceitful Velvetfish, Peristrominous dolosus Whitley 1952


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CAAB Code:37290012

Danger:Venomous spines

Habitat:Soft sediment areas


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