Deep Velvetfish, Kanekonia queenslandica Whitley 1952

A Deep Velvetfish, Kanekonia queenslandica, from Spencer Gulf, South Australia. Source: Dianne J. Bray / Museums Victoria. License: CC by Attribution

A small brownish to brick-red velvetfish, sometimes with a few scattered small irregular darker blotches, often faint dusky speckling on the fins and blue eyes.

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Deep Velvetfish, Kanekonia queenslandica Whitley 1952

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Cockburn Sound to off Port Hedland, Western Australia, and the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory to Moreton Island, Queensland, and off Marino Light, Gulf St Vincent and Spencer Gulf to off Venus Bay, South Australia. 
Inhabits silty or muddy areas in depths of 12–64 m.


Dorsal fin XII, 7–8; Anal fin I, 7–9; Caudal fin 14–15; Pectoral fin 13–14; Pelvic fin I, 3. Lateral line 10–12.
Body depth 37–42% SL; head sharply inclined, length 38–42% SL; interorbit with network of divergent bony ridges, forming shallow pits; 1st dorsal-fin spine short, about 1/3 length of 2nd spine, 3rd and succeeding spines gradually decreasing in length posteriorly.


Pale fleshy brown to dusky yellowish or reddish above, sometimes with a few small irregular darker blotches scattered on the body; fins often with faint dusky speckling; eyes blue.

Species Citation

Kanekonia queenslandica Whitley, 1952, Proc. Roy. Zool. Soc. N. S. Wales, 1950/51: 30. Type locality: Albany Passage, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Deep Velvetfish, Kanekonia queenslandica Whitley 1952


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37290007

Depth:12-64 m

Habitat:Silty, mud bottoms

Max Size:6.4 cm SL

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