Pataecus fronto Richardson 1844
red indianfish
Pataecus fronto, red indianfish

family Pataecidae - prowfishes

The Red Indianfish, Pataecus fronto, has a very distinctive appearance, being laterally compressed and having a dorsal fin resembling an indian chief's headdress Its colour is variable from brown, though orange to dark red, sometimes with darker blotches. These fish are not common at Julian Rocks. The orange one was photographed in August 2007 and the brown one in August 2008.

Distribution =   Southern Australia from S.Qld to Exmouth
Max size =   35cms