Painted Stinkfish

Eocallionymus papilio

Eocallionymus papilio - Painted Stinkfish (Family Callionymidae)
image_search Terms and anatomy

Size: 13 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Sandy, shelly and muddy bottoms

Depth: Subtidal from 3 to 10+ metres

The unfortunately named Painted Stinkfish is a benthic species, where it often occurs on sandy substrate near rocky rubble or the reef edge. There is a great deal of variation in its colour and pattern, but the species is mostly covered in blue-ringed spots or blotches and in colours from white, to brown, maroon and pink. This species has a distinctive triangular head, with vertically protruding eyes and a sharp snout. This helps to distinguish it from other small benthic fishes. One of a number of stinkfish or dragonet species (Family Callionymidae) occuring in SA, this is the most commonly encountered, but requires expert examination to distinguish from the others.

Further Reference

Fishes of Australia