Nemadactylus valenciennesi

Queen Snapper | Blue Morwong
Nemadactylus valenciennesi
Nemadactylus valenciennesi, Albany, WA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Nemadactylus valenciennesi
Nemadactylus valenciennesi, Bremer Bay, WA, Photo: Tom Davis
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Nemadactylus valenciennesi
Nemadactylus valenciennesi


Temperate Australasia


Wavy yellow and blue lines radiating from the eye. Juveniles also have several yellow lines along the body and a black blotch on the side; however, these fade and become indistinct in larger individuals.


Max Size: 90 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 12-21.1°C

Depth: 3-240m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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: Infrequent (9.4% 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: 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