Animal Species:Painted Morwong, Cheilodactylus ephippium McCulloch & Waite, 1916
The Painted Morwong can be recognised by its colouration. It is a common reef-dweller at Lord Howe Island.
The species can be recognised by the partial banding and brown spots on the head and body.
Common at Lord Howe Island, the species is also known from coastal New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
It occurs in depths to 60 m.
- 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.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology