Search results for "subtropical waters"

  • Milkfish, Chanos chanos (Forsskål, 1775)

    The Milkfish is a schooling species that has a small toothless mouth and a large deeply-forked caudal fin. It occurs in freshwater, estuarine, and inshore tropical and subtropical waters.

  • False Stonefish, Scorpaenopsis diabolus (Cuvier, 1829)

    As its standard name implies, the False Stonefish looks similar to the true stonefishes.  It is common in shallow waters of the tropical and subtropical Indo-Pacific.

  • Spotted Wobbegong, Orectolobus maculatus (Bonnaterre, 1788)

    The Spotted Wobbegong has a pattern of dark saddles, white o-shaped spots and white blotches.  The species is widely distributed in subtropical and temperate Australian waters.

  • Mosaic Moray, Enchelycore ramosa (Griffin, 1926)

    The Mosaic Moray has a long snout with curved jaws and needle-like teeth.  The species occurs on rocky reefs in subtropical to warm temperate marine waters of the South Pacific.

  • Shark Ray, Rhina ancylostoma Bloch & Schneider, 1801

    The Shark Ray has distictive large thorns on the bony ridges on the head and has a quite attractive bluish grey colouring to it's surface. The species is generally found in tropical and subtropical coastal waters and offshore reefs, feeding on crabs and shellfish.

  • Dorab Wolf Herring, Chirocentrus dorab (Forsskal, 1775)

    The Dorab Wolf Herring occurs in tropical and subtropical marine waters and is usually found in inshore waters. It feeds on primarily on fishes although crustaceans, squids and other invertebrates are also eaten.

  • Black Marlin, Istiompax indica (Cuvier, 1832)

    The Black Marlin is a well known commercial and recreational fishing species. The species occurs in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and sometimes also found in temperate waters. It uses its bill to slash prey before swallowing it.

  • Humpback Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis macrochir Ogilby, 1910

    As the standard name implies, the Humpback Scorpionfish has a hunched appearance. The species occurs in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific.

  • Louvar, Luvarus imperialis Rafinesque, 1810

    The Louvar is a stout, oval-shaped fish that occurs in tropical and subtropical waters of all oceans.

  • Batfishes and Spadefishes

    The family Ephippidae contains 16 species in 8 genera.  Eight species in four genera are known from Australian waters.  Batfishes occur in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic.

  • Blue Marlin, Makaira nigricans (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)

    The Blue Marlin is an extremely fast swimmer and is found throughout tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. It feeds on tuna and other fish, using it's bill to slash it's prey before swallowing it.

  • Capricorn Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus capricornis (Allen & Randall, 1993)

    The Capricorn Cardinalfish is a small, subtropical marine species. It is yellowish fish with a black spot on the caudal peduncle.

  • Spotfin Porcupinefish, Chilomycterus reticulatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

    The Spotfin Porcupinefish has short immovable spines on the head and body. The species has a patchy distribution in tropical and subtropical marine waters worldwide.

  • Bigeyes

    The bigeyes (family Priacanthidae) are found in tropical and subtropical marine waters.  As the common name suggests, these fishes are characterised by their large eyes.  As adults, most have red coloured bodies.  There are four genera and about 17 species worldwide.  All four genera (9 species) occur in Australian waters.

  • Lord Howe Butterflyfish, Amphichaetodon howensis (Waite, 1903)

    The Lord Howe Butterflyfish has a pointed snout and five black bands on the sides. It occurs in subtropical marine waters along the eastern coastline of Australia and as its standard name suggests, from Lord Howe Island.