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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.
white ear scalyfin
This small, deep bodied fish is named for the definite white blotch on the side of the head which clearly stands out against the darker body colour of yellowish brown to purple. Juveniles are more brightly coloured with neon blue lines which fade to dots as the fish matures. White-ear have very distinct rough scales. See illustrations of both adult and juvenile above.
Return these fish immediately to the water as close to where they were captured so they can return to their territory.
White-ear form large schools around reef areas from 0 to 30 metres in depth. They are more common in northern Tasmania and highly territorial. Males will vigorously defend their territory during the breeding season.
Mostly likely encountered as bycatch in gillnets, they are normally released due to being too small to be retained as food. They are very hardy and will live for extended periods if taken in a gillnet.
White-ear have little to no slime covering and rough scales they can easily be returned to the water by wet hands.
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