Fast Facts: Red Morwong

  • The upper body varies from red to pale brown in colour;
  • Adults are orange-brown to dark brown above and pale below;
  • Small juveniles are silvery with dark bands crossing the upper sides and dorsal fin;
  • Grows to a maximum size of approximately 4 kg and 65 cm in length;
  • Found in shallow coastal waters to a depth of approximately 30 m;
  • Occasionally has a banded pattern and looks similar to the Banded Morwong, however, the Banded Morwong does not have a pair of small horns in front of its eyes;
  • Feeds on worms and small invertebrates which are filtered through the gills from randomly-taken mouthfuls of sand or matter scraped from the rocks; and
  • Are commonly seen resting on the bottom, perched on their long thickened pectoral fin rays.

References: dpi.nsw.gov.au and australian.museum.

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