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.
These little fish have around eight dark brown to black vertical stripes on their silvery white bodies. Other features include an upturned mouth with small teeth, a bright yellow eye and a long, trailing second dorsal fin.
Admire the beauty of this small fish and release with care. Log any sightings with Redmap.
Found all around Tasmania in coastal waters to 100 metres deep. Common around inshore rocky reefs, jetties and even seagrass beds. Can be observed as solitary individuals, in pairs, or in large schools. Sometimes confused with the longsnout boarfish.
The old wife gets its name from a habit of making grumbling noises with its teeth after being caught. They are occasionally taken in nets but rarely on rod and line. Whilst reportedly a good eating fish, its small size normally sees them released unharmed. They are more likely to be caught over reefs or off jetties when using a small hook and small crustaceans or worms for bait.
These fish may look elegant and harmless but are armed with venomous spines around its body so care needs to be taken when handling. Sharp spines are located on the first dorsal fins, ventral fins, and gill cover.
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