Valenciennea helsdingenii, Adult, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Valenciennea helsdingenii, Adult, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Two distinct black/reddish stripes from tip of snout down onto extended filaments on upper and lower tail lobes. Large black patch on rear of 1st dorsal fin. Lives in a burrow in sand near reefs, glides low down over the sand. Feeds by filtering small marine animals from mouthfuls of sand.
Max Size: 25 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 15.4-31.3°C
Depth: 1-45 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (1% 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: Few (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland