Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872

Other Names: Ling, Rockling, Tiger Ling

Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A motttled greyish ling, with prominent dark spots or blotches, broadly banded or spotted pectoral fins, pale pelvic fins, and blackish dorsal, anal and caudal fins with a narrow margin. Large adults are almost black.

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Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872

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Jervis Bay, New South Wales, to Garden Island, Western Australia, including Tasmania. Adults shelter in caves and crevices during the day, while juveniles are often seen in seagrass beds.


Dorsal fin 144-157; Anal fin 107-117; Caudal fin 9; Pectoral fin 21-22; Pelvic fin 1.
Body long, slender with long-based dorsal and anal fins continuous with the pointed tail. Mouth large, terminal, upper jaw extending beyond eye; a single feeler-like pelvic fin arising below middle of eye on each side; pectoral fins small; scales minute, smooth, embedded in skin. 


Considered good eating, although overfished in some areas along the coast.

Species Citation

Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872, Archiv für Naturgeschichte 38(1): 39. Type locality: Hobson's Bay, Victoria.


Bray, D.J.


Australian Faunal Directory

Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger 1872


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CAAB Code:37228008

Depth:1-60 m

Habitat:Reef associated, seagrass beds

Max Size:120 cm TL

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