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Red Morwong

 
Introduction:
Red colouration, long thickened pectoral fin rays, large fleshy lips.
Identification:
Recognised by its colouration and extended and thickened lower pectoral fin rays. Adults are orange-brown to dark brown above and pale below. Small juveniles are silvery with dark bands crossing the upper sides and dorsal fin. Adults have large fleshy lips and a forked caudal fin. There are horn-like bumps in front of the eyes. Body size up to 65cm.
Max. Size:
Distribution:
Eastern Australia
Habitat:
Rocky reefs to a depth of 30 m; juveniles live on algae covered reefs.
Biology:
Commonly seen resting on the bottom, perched on their long thickened pectoral fin rays. Diet consists of worms and other small invertebrates.  Prey is filtered through the gills from randomly-taken mouthfuls of sand or matter scraped from the rocks.
Other Common Names:
Family: Cheilodactylidae
Genus: Cheilodactylus
Species: fuscus