These fish are common around most reefs in Tasmania down to depths of 30 metres. They graze on algae but will eat invertebrates and fish flesh if the opportunity arises.
Marblefish are caught both on rod and line and by gillnets set over reefs in shallow coastal areas right around Tasmania. They are strong fighters if hooked on rod and line, but are not normally targeted due to their poor eating quality.
Marblefish have sharp dorsal spines which they will erect and lock in place when captured.
These fish have a strong iodine smell when cleaned. The flesh is tough and clear and green in colour. You would probably only want to try and taste this fish once!