Black Reef Leatherjacket, Eubalichthys bucephalus (Whitley 1931)

Other Names: Black Reef-Leatherjacket, Whitley's Leatherjacket

A pair of Black Reef Leatherjackets, Eubalichthys bucephalus, in Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A brownish to black leatherjacket with a white ring around the eye, white lips, a yellow iris, yellow dorsal, anal and pectoral fins, and a pale outer margin on the tail. Juveniles are brownish to green with spots which fade with growth. 

Video of Black Reef Leatherjackets at North Head, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Eubalichthys bucephalus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024,

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CAAB Code:37465039

Depth:to 250 m

Habitat:Reef associated


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