Finetooth Beardie, Eeyorius hutchinsi Paulin 1986

Other Names: Beardie, Finetooth Beardy, Fine-tooth Beardy, Tasmanian Codling

Finetooth Beardie, Eeyorius hutchinsi. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A dark brown beardie with a fine white margin on the dorsal and anal fins, body paler below.
The Finetooth Beardie shelters under ledges during the day before venturing out to feed at night.

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Dianne J. Bray, Eeyorius hutchinsi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 10 Jul 2020,

Finetooth Beardie, Eeyorius hutchinsi Paulin 1986

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Endemic to southern Australia, from off Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, to off Perth, Western Australia, including Tasmania. Inhabits rocky reefs in bays and shallow coastal waters at depths of 0-25 m.


Dorsal fin 6 + 52-58; Anal fin 43-48; Caudal fin 24; Pectoral fin 24-25; Pelvic fin 4; Vertebrae 42-44.
Body robust, tapering gradually; head broad, slightly depressed with a prominent chin barbel; first dorsal fin short-based, second dorsal and anal fins long-based. 




Almost nothing is known of the biology of this species.


Eeyorius is from the character Eeyore, in the book Winnie the Pooh - both the fish and the literary character live in damp dark places. The species is named for Dr Barry Hutchins, former Curator of Fishes at the Western Australian Museum.

Species Citation

Eeyorius hutchinsi Paulin, 1986, Mem. Mus. Victoria 47(2): 204, figs 1-3. Type locality: Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia, 38°09´S, 144°52´E. 


Dianne J. Bray

Finetooth Beardie, Eeyorius hutchinsi Paulin 1986


Cohen, D.M. 1990. Families Moridae, Muraenolepididae. pp. 346-384 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp.

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Families Moridae, Melanonidae, Euclichthyidae, Merlucciidae. pp. 324-340 figs 290-303 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Gomon. M.F. 2008. Family Moridae. pp. 302-315 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Paulin, C.D. 1986. A new genus and species of morid fish from shallow coastal waters of southern Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 47(2): 201-206.

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CAAB Code:37224019


Depth:0-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:26 cm TL


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