Yellowhead Hulafish, Trachinops noarlungae Glover 1974

Other Names: Noarlunga Hulafish, Trachinops, Yellow-headed Hulafish, Yellow-headed Prettyfin

A Yellowhead Hulafish, Trachinops noarlungae, at Rapid Bay, Gulf St Vincent, South Australia. Source: David Teubner / License: All rights reserved

A greyish hulafish with the top of head yellow, and a yellow tail with a blue margin. Yellowhead Hulafish form schools on coastal reefs, often near caves and large overhangs.

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Yellowhead Hulafish, Trachinops noarlungae Glover 1974

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Endemic to southern and southwestern Australia from the Gulf St Vincent, South Australia, to the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia. 
Commonly occurs in schools on coastal reefs, often near caves and overhangs. 

Species Citation

Trachinops noarlungae Glover, 1974, Marine Freshw. Fishes S. A.: 225, fig. Type locality: Port Noarlunga, SA. 


Dianne J. Bray

Yellowhead Hulafish, Trachinops noarlungae Glover 1974


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37316017

Depth:2-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL


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