Animal Species:Bluefin Leatherjacket, Thamnaconus degeni (Regan, 1903)
The Bluefin Leatherjacket can be recognised by its colouration. The species is endemic to Australia.
Male Bluefin Leatherjackets can be recognised by the scattered blue spots, and the blue lines on the bases of the dorsal and anal fins. The background colour varies from pale off-white to dark brown. Females and juveniles are brown, sometimes with brown spots dorsally. They lack the blue markings of the male.
This species grows to 30cm in length.
It occurs in marine waters from Victoria to Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The Bluefin Leatherjacket is a schooling species which is often caught in commercial trawls.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology