Genus Heteroclinus

An endemic Australian genus with more than 25 species, many of which are undescribed. Weedfishes usually live amongst algae and seagrasses, particularly macroalgae on rocky reefs. 
Caudal peduncle very slender; head and eye of moderate size; anterior lateral-line scales overlapping, each with single median posterior pore, posterior scales not overlapping, each with median pore at either end; caudal fin usually rounded; pectoral fins large, rounded. 
Author: Bray, D.J. 2021

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Heteroclinus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 27 May 2024,


Hoese, D.F., Gomon, M.F. & Rennis, D.S. 2008. Family Clinidae. pp. 696-722 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.