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Dwellers of the deep

Ocean Fish

Yellowtail Fusilier

Yellowtail Fusilier

The fusiliers are a family of sleep fish which feed on plankton off the edge of the reef. They tend to be blue and yellow in colouration, sometimes with a bit of red and all species have a forked tail. The Yellow-Tail fusilier takes its name from the bright yellow colour that extends from its dorsal fin all the way to its tail. This species, commonly found in schools around reefs, can grow up to 60 centimetres in length.


Diamond Trevally

Diamond Trevally

The Diamond trevally bears an uncanny resemblance to the diamond shape, and can be found inhabiting the coastal waters, estuaries and seagrass beds of the Indo-West and Pacific Oceans. The can grow up to 1.5 metres in length and their diet is made up of mainly crustaceans and occasionally small fish. Juveniles have ribbon-like extensions on their fins, tricking predators into thinking they are jellyfish!


Australian Mado

Australian Mado

The silver bodied and black striped Australian mado is native to the east coast of Australia extending from southern Queensland to Tasmania. Growing up to a maximum size of 25cm in length, the mado is typically found amongst coastal reefs and its diet consists of algae, plankton and small crustaceans.


Bluestripe Snapper

Bluestripe Snapper

A vibrant yellow fish with striking blue lines the Bluestripe snapper is found as far south as Sydney in the east and around the north of Australia to Perth in the west. Juvenlines prefer shallower waters, including seagrass beds and protected bays, while adults can be found around outer reefs, often in large schools.