Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi (Whitley 1937)

Other Names: Queen Fish, Queen Morwong, Queen Snapper, Queenfish, Sea Carp, Southern Blue Morwong

Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A large silvery-blue morwong tinged with yellow on the sides, bright blue and yellow lines around the eyes, a single elongate pectoral-fin ray, and thick, rubbery lips.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Nemadactylus valenciennesi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Feb 2024,

Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi (Whitley 1937)

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Endemic to the southern half of Australia, from off Wooli, New South Wales, to Lancelin, Western Australia, including northern Tasmania. Inhabits offshore rocky reefs.

Species Citation

Sciaenoides valenciennesi Whitley 1937, Records of the Australian Museum 20(1): 21 (based on Western Australian syntypes of Cheilodactylus carponemus Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830). Type locality: Western Australia (King George Sound).


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Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi (Whitley 1937)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37377004

Depth:3-240 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:98 cm TL


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