Animal Species:Rock Ling, Genypterus tigerinus Klunzinger, 1872
The Rock Ling has an elongate body with an eel-like tail. It occurs in temperate marine waters of the south-western Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Ling, Rockling, Tiger Ling
The Rock Ling has an elongate body with an eel-like tail. Its jaw extends well behind the eye when the mouth is closed. The pelvic fins are positioned below the eye. It is white to grey with dark mottling.
The species grows to 1.2 m in length.
The Rock Ling looks similar to the Pink Ling, Genypterus blacodes.
The species occurs in temperate marine waters of the south-western Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central New South Wales coast around the south of the country 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 Rock Ling is found in caves and crevices in shallow marine waters down to a depth of about 60 m. Juveniles live in estuaries.
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- Yearsley, G.K., Last, P.R. & R.D. Ward. 1999. Australian Seafood Handbook, an identification guide to domestic species. CSIRO Marine Research. Pp. 461.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology