Red Velvetfish

red velvetfish
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

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possession limit4


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Guide to symbols

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Minimum size


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.

Other names

Scientific name

Gnathancanthus goetzii

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Identifying features

​The body is a mottled red to brown colour, fins translucent towards the ends with reddish tinge. This fish is brightly coloured when removed from the sea but quite a dull orange underwater in its natural habitat. This fish has no scales but a velvety skin instead.


These small fish are found in tidal pools or shallow coastal reefs right around Tasmania. They are poor swimmers and tend to lay inconspicuously in red seaweeds rolling backwards and forwards with the swells. Active at night when they hunt for food.

Fishing information

An uncommon capture, more likely to be in a gillnet than on rod and line. Sometimes seen by divers.


These fish have venomous spines so handling should be minimal.


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550