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.
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.
If you catch a red velvetfish, admire its beauty then release it unharmed as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
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