Estuary Cobblers have dorsal and pectoral fins with an embedded spine. These serrated spines are poisonous and the puncture wounds can be very painful. Skulls of this species are sometimes found washed up on beaches.
The Estuary Cobbler is has mottled brown and yellow colour pattern. Ithas a large flattened head and a body that tapers to a pointed tail. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins are continuous. The dorsal and pectoral fins each have an embedded, serrated spine. These spines are poisonous. The species has a relatively small mouth that is surrounded by four pairs of barbels. A fifth pair of barbels is present above the snout.
The species is usually found in estuaries and silty bays. The video below was taken in the breaker zone at a sandy beach.
It occurs in temperate marine waters from southern Queensland to southern Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Adult males guard newly hatched larvae between the pelvic fins.
Danger to humans
The dorsal and pectoral fins each have an embedded spine. These serrated spines are venomous. Puncture wounds from an Estuary Cobbler spine can be very painful.
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