The Painted Morwong can be recognised by its colouration. It is a common reef-dweller at Lord Howe Island.
The species can be recognised by the partial banding and brown spots on the head and body.
It occurs in depths to 60 m.
Common at Lord Howe Island, the species is also known from coastal New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Ozcam map of Painted Morwong specimens in Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Cheilodactylus%20ephippium&zoom=off#mapView
- 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.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.