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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.
orange cardinalfish, southern gobbleguts
This cardinalfish is small with an oval shaped body, tall dorsal fins and large pelvic fins. It is reddish brown in colour with small dark brown spots scattered across the head and body. Relatively large eyes as these fish are most often observed feeding at night after being beneath ledges or in caves during the day. They have a large mouth which can take large baits hence the name gobbleguts.
There is no reason for this small fish to be retained by recreational fishers unless they are dedicated aquarium enthusiasts.
Found on coastal reefs to a depth of 65m.
These fish are rarely encountered by fishers although occasional specimens may be taken off wharfs and jetties near where they hide during the day. Male cardinalfish are known to hold fertilized eggs in the mouth during the spawning season.
Cardinalfish are very delicate and their scales easily removed so use wet hands or towel to release.
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