Eastern Hulafish, Trachinops taeniatus Günther, 1861
The Eastern Hulafish's name describes its exaggerated swimming movements. It is common in New South Wales.
The Eastern Hulafish has an elongate body and distinctive colour pattern. The caudal fin of young fish is rounded, but the centre rays become longer in adults. The common name comes from the Eastern Hulafish's exaggerated swimming movements.
It is commonly observed schooling on rocky reefs.
The Eastern Hulafish occurs from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria. It is common in New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Feeding and diet
It feeds on zooplankton.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.