prickly-skinned handfish, tortoiseshell fish
The spotted handfish is pinkish-white with orange-brown spots. A slow moving, bottom dwelling fish, it has a short, round body, tapering toward the tail. The body is covered with tiny spines and has a high first dorsal fin. The name originates from the habit of using its pectoral fins as ‘hands’ to walk across the sea floor.
Protected species. Do not take! If you encounter or accidentally catch a protected species, you must return it to where you found it regardless of whether it is dead or alive.
Once commonly seen in the deeper bays of south east Tasmania, the spotted handfish is now only found in sheltered bays in the lower Derwent Estuary.
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