The Redfish has large eyes and an oblique mouth that extends back to the posterior margin of the eye. The species is endemic to Australia.
The Redfish has a moderately deep, compressed body and a large head with serrated opercular and preopercular margins . It has large eyes and an oblique mouth that extends back to the posterior margin of the eye.
There is a single dorsal fin and an anal fin positioned on the lower margin of the body, opposite the soft rayed portion of the dorsal fin. The caudal fin is deeply forked.
Redfish are usually silvery-red with pale spots on the scales forming stripes.
The Redfish is mostly found in deep coastal and offshore waters. Juveniles sometimes enter estuaries.
Redfish only found in south-eastern Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is known from southern Queensland to northern Tasmania.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Feeding and diet
It feeds on zooplankton in the midwaters.
Other behaviours and adaptations
The Redfish is a schooling species.
There are trawl fisheries for Redfish in New South Wales and eastern Victoria.
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