Animal Species:Banded Weedfish, Heteroclinus whiteleggii (Ogilby, 1894)
The Banded Weedfish is a cryptic species that lives in rockpools, intertidal areas and shallow weed-covered rocky reefs. Its background colouration varies from pink to brown or green.
Standard Common Name
Whitelegg's Weedfish, Long-nosed Weed-fish
The species has a short-based first dorsal fin connected by membrane to a long-based second dorsal fin. The finger-like pelvic fin rays are positioned below the gill openings.
The background colouration of this fish is highly variable, ranging from pink to brown or green. There is usually a series of white dashes along the lower sides of the body.
The Banded Weedfish grows to 10 cm in length.
It is endemic to Australia, occurring in New South Wales from Byron Bay to Jervis Bay.
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 occurs in rockpools, intertidal areas and shallow weed-covered rocky reefs.
- 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.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology