Sandpaper Velvetfish, Adventor elongatus (Whitley 1952)

Other Names: Visitor

Sandpaper Velvetfish, Adventor elongatus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A dark-reddish chocolate-brown velvetfish, with irregular variegated paler and darker areas, particularly on the fins, small dark-brown ocelli on top of the head, nape, and around the spinous dorsal fin, and indistinct brown spots along the inner posterior margin of the gill-opening. 

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Sandpaper Velvetfish, Adventor elongatus (Whitley 1952)

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Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Guinea.


The specific name is from the Latin adventor, a visitor. 

Species Citation

Membracidichthys (Adventor) elongatus Whitley 1952, Records of the Australian Museum 23(1): 27. Type locality: Tiflis Passage, Moreton Bay, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Sandpaper Velvetfish, Adventor elongatus (Whitley 1952)


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CAAB Code:37290004

Danger:Venomous spines

Depth:3-106 m

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