Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi (Whitley 1937)


Other Names: Queen Fish, Queen Morwong, Queen Snapper, Queenfish, Sea Carp, Southern Blue Morwong

Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A large silvery-blue morwong tinged with yellow on the sides, bright blue and yellow lines around the eyes, a single elongate pectoral-fin ray, and thick, rubbery lips.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Nemadactylus valenciennesi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 12 Jul 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/434

Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi (Whitley 1937)

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Distribution

Endemic to the southern half of Australia, from off Wooli, New South Wales, to Lancelin, Western Australia, including northern Tasmania. Inhabits offshore rocky reefs.

Species Citation

Sciaenoides valenciennesi Whitley 1937, Records of the Australian Museum 20(1): 21 (based on Western Australian syntypes of Cheilodactylus carponemus Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830). Type locality: Western Australia (King George Sound).

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Blue Morwong, Nemadactylus valenciennesi (Whitley 1937)

References


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Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37377004

Depth:3-240 m

Fishing:Commercial, recreational fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:98 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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