Trachinops noarlungae

Yellow-headed hulafish
Trachinops noarlungae
Trachinops noarlungae, Adelaide, SA, Photo: Graham Edgar
Trachinops noarlungae
Trachinops noarlungae, Adelaide, SA, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Trachinops noarlungae
Trachinops noarlungae, With T brauni. Rottnest Is, WA, Photo: Andrew Green
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Trachinops noarlungae
Trachinops noarlungae
Trachinops noarlungae


Temperate Australasia


Differ from southern hulafish in having more scales (73-90 cf. 45-51 in front segment of lateral line) and a yellow tail with a blue margin.


Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 13.1-22.8°C

Depth: 4-30 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 11.28

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: Common (48.2% 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: Large aggregations (217 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