Sixspine Leatherjacket

Meuschenia freycineti (Quoy & Gaimard 1824)

Male Sixspine Leatherjackets are usually blue with yellow blotches. There are blue lines and dots on the head and below the dorsal and anal fins.

Females are pale green, yellow or brown and usually have three to five broad brown stripes.

The colour pattern can be variable. Fish across the distribution can look quite different.

Both sexes have five to eight spines on the caudal peduncle, those of male fish are longer

How to identify Meuschenia freycineti?

What habitats does Meuschenia freycineti live in?

Juveniles are found in shallow water, commonly in seagrass beds. Adults are found on coastal and offshore reefs, to depths of 50 m or more

What is the distribution of Meuschenia freycineti?

The Sixspine Leatherjacket is endemic to Australia. It occurs in southern Australian waters from northern New South Wales to Western Australia including Tasmania

How big does Meuschenia freycineti grow?

Grows up to around 60cm

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