Adelaide Weedfish

Heteroclinus adelaidae

Heteroclinus adelaidae - Adelaide Weedfish
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Size: 9 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Seagrass beds or low-relief reefs, amongst algae

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

A smallish brown weedfish, Heteroclinus adelaidae is shy and often found hiding amongst algae. Although it can vary in colour and pattern, this species often has a white streak running from behind its eye to the pectoral fin base. Difficult to distinguish from other clinids (weedfishes), particularly Heteroclinus kuitieri, its tall first dorsal fin starts further back - behind the gill cover, while it also has obvious nasal tentacles, which H. kuitieri lacks.