Dusky Morwong

Dactylophora nigricans (Richardson, 1850)

Although this is the largest morwong species, it is not a popular angling fish due to the dark strong smelling flesh of large adults

How to identify Dactylophora nigricans?

Body long and tapering, with a small mouth, thick lips, and the lower pectoral-fin rays extended and thickened. Adults greyish to brownish-grey or greyish-green, paler below; immature fish are more silvery with orange spots on the uppersides and tail. The small silvery juveniles are deep-bodied and compressed with a series of dark brown bars along the back and large orange spots on the sides

What habitats does Dactylophora nigricans live in?

They can be found around seagrass and weed beds and rocky outcrops or reefs in coastal waters

What is the distribution of Dactylophora nigricans?

They can be found around the southern coasts of Australia from WA to NSW including around Tasmania

How big does Dactylophora nigricans grow?

Can grow up to around 120cm however usally around half of that at around 60cm

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