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  Fortescue (Centropogon australis)





Fortescue | Centropogon australis photo
A Fortescue (Centropogon australis) resting on sand. Fly Point, Port Stephens, NSW

Image by Richard Ling - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



FORTESCUE FACTS

Description
The Fortescue has a brown or white body with dark brown to black bars. It has a large spine on each side of the head below the eye. It swings the spines outwards when disturbed. The first dorsal fin has 16 strong venomous spines. Often seen in large numbers resting on the sea floor.

Size
length to 15cm

Habitat
seagrass beds in estuaries, coastal bays, inshore reefs at depth from 1m to 30m

Range
The Fortescue is endemic to Australia from southern Queensland, New South Wales to eastern Victoria.

Notes
Venomous dorsal spines can inflict a painful sting



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Scorpaeniformes
Family:Scorpaenidae
Genus:Centropogon
Species:australis
Common Name:Fortescue