Morwong fuscus

Red morwong | Cheilodactylus fuscus
Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Tom Davis
Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus, adult, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Photo: Ian Shaw
Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus, juvenile, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Photo: Ian Shaw
Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus, Photo: Andrew Green
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Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus
Morwong fuscus


Temperate Australasia


Reddish brown above, pale cheek and abdomen and white bars anterior to and at caudal peduncle, also on caudal fin. White pattern between and above eyes. Juveniles pale with distinct banding. Adults sometimes display dark and light bands on the body.


Max Size: N/A cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.2-24.6°C

Depth: 0-30 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 34.25

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Widespread (62.4% 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 (5 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