Old Wife

Enoplosus armatus (White, 1790)

The Old Wife is easily recognised by its deep compressed body, very tall "spikey" dorsal and anal fins and prominent dark brown to black and white bands.

The derogatory standard name of the species apparently refers to the sound made when a fish is caught on hook and line. The teeth are ground together supposedly producing the sound of an 'old wife'.
Old wives are commonly found in pairs or large schools.
Enoplosus armatus is the only species in the family Enoplosidae

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What habitats does Enoplosus armatus live in?

Locally commonly found around shallow coastal reefs and over seagrass beds often in large schools

What is the distribution of Enoplosus armatus?

It is found in southern waters from southern Queensland to south-western Western Australia

How big does Enoplosus armatus grow?

The fish can grow up to 50 cm long

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