Animal Species:Horseshoe Leatherjacket, Meuschenia hippocrepis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Adult Horseshoe Leatherjackets can be recognised by the horseshoe-shaped marking on the side of the body. The species occurs from the central coast of Victoria to south-western Western Australia.
Standard Common Name
Purple People Eater, Variable Leatherjacket
Females and juveniles are similar in colouration to males, but lack a dark cheek bar.
The species occurs from the central coast of Victoria to south-western Western Australia.
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
The species is usually seen in inshore waters, mostly associated with rocky reefs.
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
- 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
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Horseshoe Leatherjacket, Meuschenia hippocrepis, Monacanthidae, green, blue, flatfish, 30 cm - 1 m, blotches, stripes, eye-like spot, rocky reef, marine, horseshoe-shaped marking on body,