Striking red or orange fishes with a compressed body, a large head and large rounded fins; dorsal fin continuous with high rounded lobes; pelvic fins below pectoral fins, both rounded; scales absent, body covered in fine velvety skin. Bright mottled orange, red or brown. Juveniles very pale with red spots. To 46 cm.
Although relatively common in some areas, the Red Velvetfish is surprisingly well-camouflaged amongst kelp and other macroalgae. These ambush predators feed mostly on crustaceans such as crabs and shrimps. The fin spines are venomous and can inflict an excruciatingly painful sting.
Sheltered rocky reefs covered in kelp and other macroalgae, in depths of 1-55 m.
Venomous spines can inflict mild to severe pain.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed