Banded Morwong

Cheilodactylus spectabilis Hutton, 1872

Their rate of growth is fast in the first 5 years and then slows. Males grow larger than females and mature banded morwong may be as old as 90 years, and has an extremely small home range size (often found associated with a single large boulder), so is extremely vulnerable to over-fishing

How to identify Cheilodactylus spectabilis?

The Largest of the Morwong species the Banded morwong has dark brick red to brown bars on a lighter background, and usually with red or orange around the eye, pectoral fin base and lips. Individuals in deeper water or at night can sometimes 'turn off' some of the bars and appear mostly pale.

What habitats does Cheilodactylus spectabilis live in?

Banded morwong are normally found around shallow exposed rocky reef areas in depths between 3-50 meters.

What is the distribution of Cheilodactylus spectabilis?

Banded morwong inhabit exposed rocky headlands and coastal reefs, from Seal Rocks in NSW, throughout Victorian and Tasmanian waters to Robe in South Australia

How big does Cheilodactylus spectabilis grow?

They can grow up 70cm and 15kg in weight

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