Mado, Atypichthys strigatus (Günther 1860)

Other Names: Australian Mado, Mado Sweep

A Mado, Atypichthys strigatus, in Bushranger's Bay, Bass Point, New South Wales, June 2017. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial


A silvery-white mado with about 6 dark brown or black horizontal stripes along the side and mostly yellow fins.

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Mado, Atypichthys strigatus (Günther 1860)

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Endemic to temperate waters of eastern and south-eastern Australia, from about Moreton Bay, Queensland, to Apollo Bay, Victoria, including northern and eastern Tasmania; also the Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Commonly seen on rocky reefs and around wharfs, jetties and pylons in coastal areas, harbours, bays and large estuaries, at depths of 0-30 m. This is one of the most common species on rocky reefs in New South Wales.


Dorsal fin XI, 16-18; Anal fin III, 15-16; Pectoral fin 16; Pelvic fin I, 5; Caudal fin 17; Lateral line scales ~50.

Body deep, compressed, head small, snout pointed, tail forked; dorsal fin single, long-based, middle-most dorsal spines the highest.


To 25 cm.


The specific name is from the Latin strigatus (= striped), in reference to the dark stripes along the side.

Species Citation

Atypus strigatus Günther 1860, Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum 2: 64. Type locality: Swan River, Western Australia [in error]


Bray, D.J. 2023


Atlas of Living Australia

Mado, Atypichthys strigatus (Günther 1860)


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CAAB Code:37361010

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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