General Description

Head large, bony, border of snout almost smooth; scales small, those along the lateral line large and bony. Red to brown above, with a black spot on the dorsal fin; inner surface of fan-like pectoral fins dark green above with a blue margin and an irregular black marking on the lower rear of fin. To 20 cm.


The Spiny Gurnard is often taken as bycatch in commercial fisheries.


Southern Australia.


Shelly and sandy bottoms in bays and along the coast, juveniles sometimes in seagrass beds, in depths of 2-110 m, although usually above 50 m.

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