Animal Species:Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket, Meuschenia venusta Hutchins, 1977

The Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket is usually seen in areas of sponge greater than 20m depth. Juveniles are mostly found in kelp beds, often alongside other species of the genus Meuschenia. It was only described as a species relatively recently.

Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket, Meuschenia venusta

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Standard Common Name

Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket

Alternative Name/s

Beautiful Leatherjacket

Identification

The Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket has a compressed body with a moderately shallow caudal peduncle that lacks spines, unlike some other species of leatherjackets. It has a strong first dorsal fin spine above the eye with small spines laterally.

This species is usually brown to white with distinct bands of brown spots. There is sometimes a white stripe on the lower side of the body.

Size range

The Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket grows to 21 cm in length.

Distribution

This species is endemic to Australia. It is recorded in temperate marine waters from central New South Wales, around the south of Australia, to the central coast of 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.

Meuschenia venusta

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
venusta
Genus:
Meuschenia
Family:
Monacanthidae
Suborder:
Tetraodontoidei
Order:
Tetraodontiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Hutchins, B. & M. Thompson. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 103.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.


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Sascha Schulz
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Tags fish, ichthyology, Stars-and-stripes Leatherjacket, Meuschenia venusta, Monacanthidae, brown, white, flatfish, 10 cm - 30 cm, blotches, spots, kelp, marine, brown spots on body,