Animal Species:Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861
The Eastern Hulafish's name describes its exaggerated swimming movements. It is common in New South Wales.
The Eastern Hulafish has an elongate body and distinctive colour pattern. The caudal fin of young fish is rounded, but the centre rays become longer in adults. The common name comes from the Eastern Hulafish's exaggerated swimming movements.
The species grows to 10 cm in length.
The Eastern Hulafish occurs from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria. It is common in New South Wales.
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
It is commonly observed schooling on rocky reefs.
Feeding and Diet
It feeds on zooplankton.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus, Plesiopidae, common in New South Wales, elongate, distinctive colour pattern, exaggerated swimming movements, < 10 cm, rocky reef, marine,