Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
This fish has a rigid boxlike body with a number of hard, horn like structures on top of head and back and a rigid keel along the belly. The mouth is very small. The colour difference is very marked between sexes, males being bright blue with horizontal blue lines and spots on flank and yellow fins. Females are brown with white patches and brown striping horizontal across flanks, fins are light brown. Select cowfish image above to see illustrations of both sexes.
Admire the beauty of this small fish and release with care.
Found all around Tasmania in coastal waters from 5-160m in depth. Being poor swimmers they tend to favour sheltered areas free from high wave action and strong tidal movements.
Not targeted. Quite commonly seen by divers and fishers in shallow waters and also washed up on beaches following storms.
This fish is poisonous and must not be eaten. They may be kept as aquarium fish but cowfish can produce a toxin from their skin that is released when provoked and may harm other fish species in a tank.
Poisonous. Do not eat.
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