Common name: Morwongs, Trumpeters


Temperate fishes found on near-shore rocky reefs to depths of about 300 m. The group includes a number of commercially important fishes. Many latrid species were previously included in the family Cheilodactylidae, which is restricted to the SW Indian Ocean (Ludt et al. 2019).

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Morwongs, Trumpeters, LATRIDAE in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Jul 2024,


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