Chironemus marmoratus Günther, 1860
photo by Banks, I.

Family:  Chironemidae (Kelpfishes)
Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 30 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 14-15; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-8; Vertebrae: 33-33. Adults have evenly spaced white spots over the entire head and body (Ref. 33616).
Biology:  Commonly found in kelp and weed areas of shallow rocky reefs exposed to strong surge and wave action (Ref. 33616). Feed on invertebrates and small fishes (Ref. 9003).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 08.03.98
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 01.08.00

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