Pencil Weed Whiting, <i>Siphonognathus beddomei</i> Click to enlarge image
Female Pencil Weed Whiting at Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia, 2009. Image: Sascha Schulz
© Sascha Schulz

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    beddomei
    Genus
    Siphonognathus
    Subfamily
    Odacinae
    Family
    Labridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 14 cm in total length.

Introduction

The Pencil Weed Whiting is a small, slender, green to brown fish with a long snout. The species is endemic to Australia.

Identification

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.



Habitat

The Pencil Weed Whiting occurs in algae-covered rocky reefs in coastal waters at depths between 1 m and 20 m.

Distribution

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.



References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.