Shaw's Cowfish

Aracana aurita (Shaw, 1798)

A robust body, encased in a rigid box-like carapace with stout spines above each eye, along back and on lower sides; dorsal and anal fins opposite and far back on the body, pelvic fins absent. Males brightly-coloured with pale blue wavy lines and spots over an orange background, blue lines fanning out over tail. Females and juveniles pale orange to brown with irregular brown and white wavy lines and stripes.

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What habitats does Aracana aurita live in?

Rocky reefs in coastal areas and sea grass in bay areas, to depth of 160 m

What is the distribution of Aracana aurita?

Widespread in the southern half of Australia, from Newcastle, New South Wales, to Kalbarri, Western Australia, including Tasmania

How big does Aracana aurita grow?

Can grow up to around 20cm

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