Bovichtus angustifrons, Hobart, TAS, Photo: Andrew Green
Bovichtus angustifrons, Melbourne, VIC, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Bovichtus angustifrons, Narooma, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Small fish with a large spine projecting back from the rear of the head. Juvenile dragonet have a drab grey-brown appearance, making them difficult to see in rockpools and on the shallow reefs where they live. Adults generally live in caves in deeper water and often have a bright red background colouration, which blends in with nearby coralline algae-encrusted rock.
Max Size: 28 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 10.3-21.3°C
Depth: 0-20 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Common (21% 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.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney