Animal Species:Pencil Weed Whiting, Siphonognathus beddomei (Johnston, 1885)
The Pencil Weed Whiting is a small, slender, green to brown fish with a long snout. The species is endemic to Australia.
Standard Common Name
Pencil Weed Whiting
Beddome's Rock Whiting, Long-nose Weed whiting, Pygmy Rock Whiting, Pygmy Whiting, Slender Weed Whiting
The Pencil Weed Whiting is a small, slender, green to brown fish with a long snout. Females have a white-margined spot on the caudal fin. Males have two blue lines on the sides of the body.
The species grows to 14 cm in total length.
Slender Weed Whiting
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from eastern Victoria and Tasmania to south-western 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.
Distribution by collection data
The Pencil Weed Whiting occurs in algae-covered rocky reefs in coastal waters at depths between 1 m and 20 m.
- Gomon, M.F. & J.R. Paxton. 1985. A revision of the Odacidae, a temperate Australian-New Zealand labroid fish family. Indo-Pacific Fishes. 8: 1-57.
- 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