Tasmanian Whitebait

Lovettia sealii (Johnston, 1883)

Elongated, slender-bodied scaleless fish with a sharply-pointed snout. It appears transparent with a silvery mid-lateral stripe when at sea. Grey to blackish during spawning.

Large shoals of one-year-old whitebait spawn in spring after migration into rivers and estuaries. Eggs are deposited on the bottom and among debris. After hatching the 'fry' are swept out to sea, while the adults die.

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What habitats does Lovettia sealii live in?

Coastal seas, estuaries and rivers.

What is the distribution of Lovettia sealii?

Found only in Tasmania and southern Victoria, Australia

How big does Lovettia sealii grow?

Can grow to around 77mm

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