Animal Species:Elegant Sand Diver, Trichonotus elegans

As its common name suggests the Elegant Sand Diver can literally dive head first into sandy seabeds.

Identification

The species has a very enlongate body and a black spot at the base of the leading dorsal fin rays.  These rays are extremely elongate in males.

Distribution

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.

Trichonotus elegans

Classification

Species:
elegans
Genus:
Trichonotus
Family:
Trichonotidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

Further Reading

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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