The Moonlighter can be recognised by its deep body and barred pattern. It is silver with one bar crossing the head through the eye, three on the sides of the body and one or two on the caudal peduncle.
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring in coastal waters of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and south-western Western Australia.
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.
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.