Cristiceps australis, Ulladulla, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Cristiceps australis, Norfolk Bay, TAS, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Elongate three-spined first dorsal fin that commences above the eyes. This fin commences level with the centre of the eye and is not directly connected to the base of the second dorsal fin. The first dorsal fin on the otherwise similar Forster's weedfish (Heteroclinus tristis) commences further back, behind the rear margin of the eye. The species is most abundant in seagrass and algal beds with low to moderate wave action, but stays very well hidden amongst the foliage.
Max Size: 18 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 11.4-22.3°C
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.