Eastern Hulafish - Trachinops taeniatus

Eastern Hulafish

Trachinops taeniatus

Family: Plesiopidae, the Longfin family.

Size: 10 cm

Distribution: The east coast of NSW. Also some parts of the southern QLD and eastern VIC coastlines. Unique to southern Australian waters.

Habitat: They form large schools on coastal reefs.

References: Kuiter.

About the Eastern Hulafish

The Eastern Hulafish is named from it's "exaggerated body movements", which is a fancy way of saying that it wriggles around a lot — basically, it does the hula (as in the dance). The Eastern Hulafish is also the most colourful of the different hulafish species (which live around some other parts of Australia's coastline).

Diet: The Eastern Hulafish feeds high above the bottom, eating zooplankton.

Breeding: Eggs are laid in reefs, and the male protects his eggs by wrapping his body around them.

Eastern Hulafish - Trachinops taeniatus
Photo taken at Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, NSW, Australia. High Resolution 3024 x 2012.

Eastern Hulafish - Trachinops taeniatus
Photo taken at Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, NSW, Australia. High Resolution 2709 x 1806.

Eastern Hulafish - Trachinops taeniatus
Photo taken at Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, NSW, Australia. High Resolution 3024 x 2012.

See Also

Australian Mammals
Australian Birds
Australian Reptiles
Australian Frogs
Australian Spiders and Their Faces
Australian Wild Plant Foods

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