Species Cristiceps australis

Common name: Southern crested weedfish Material

Description based on otoliths of one specimen of 69 mm TL. Otolith catalogue reference 30.103P31. Catch locality Margate, southern Tasmania. ID by RG/RW.

Otolith description

Otolith very small, generally discoid to ovate with a rostral projection. Dorsal margin and ventral margin entire. Sulcus groove homosulcoid; opening ostial. Colliculum homomorph. Collum broad and bridgelike. Crista superior poorly developed; crista inferior absent. Rostrum wider than it is long and curved gently. Antirostrum absent. Excisura extremely shallow and approaching 160°.

Morphometry

No data are available.

Distribution and ecology

Southern Queensland to Victoria and Tasmania, and south-western Western Australia; found in association with algae on rocky reefs or seagrass bays, to 1-2 m depth only; reaches 300 mm in length (Gomon et al. 1994).

Predator-prey information

Undistinguished species of this Family are known prey of black-faced shag (Leucocarbo fuscescens) and pied cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) (Marchant and Higgins 1990).

Otolith of Cristiceps australis from a fish of 69 mm TL. (Notes: Some debris is present on the otolith surface. Scale bar used is 0.1 mm.)

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