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  Luderick (Girella tricuspidata)





Luderick | Girella tricuspidata photo
school of Luderick (Girella tricuspidata). Fairy Bower, Manly, NSW

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Luderick | Girella tricuspidata photo
A Luderick (Girella tricuspidata) and Australian Mado (Atypichthys strigatus). Fairy Bower, Manly, NSW

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LUDERICK FACTS

Description
The Luderick is a popular angling species. It has an elegant shaped body, small mouth and triangular shaped tail. In marine waters it is blue and in estuaries it is a darker grey or brown. It has 11 or 12 bars on the side of the body fading to silver below. Ludericks are a fairly sedentary schooling fish.

Size
length to 71cm

Habitat
estuaries, mangroves, rocky reefs

Food
herbivorous and feed mainly on seagrasses, also filamentous algae, cabbage weed

Range
Western Pacific. In Australia found from southern Queensland to South Australia.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Kyphosidae
Genus:Girella
Species:tricuspidata
Common Name:Luderick