Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus Günther 1861

An Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus, at North West Solitary Island, New South Wales. Source: Ian V. Shaw / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution

Colourful hulafish with bright red, yellow, black and white stripes. Males have a distinct lanceolate caudal fin, whereas females have a more rounded caudal fin. 
The common names 'hulafish' refers to undulating swimming motion of this species.

Video of Eastern Hulafish at Cabbage Tree Bay Reserve at Manly, New South Wales.

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Dianne J. Bray, Trachinops taeniatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4612

Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus Günther 1861

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Endemic to eastern Australia from Moreton Bay, QLD, to Green Cape, NSW, and eastern VIC. Form large schools on coastal reefs, feeding on zooplankton in the water column.


Females spawn demersal eggs that are guarded by the male parent until the larvae hatch.

Species Citation

Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861, Cat. Fishes Brit. Mus. 3: 366. Type locality: NSW.


Dianne J. Bray

Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus Günther 1861


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CAAB Code:37316018

Depth:10-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (difficult)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL


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