Weedfish head shot 14-10-2011 late snkl Carrickaliga Sthn FP SA
Again probably a Common Weedfish,H.perspicillatus,of which it is thought that several different morphs exist ,but further taxonomic work seems overdue in this fascinating but poorly understood group of inshore fishes in Southern Australia.
As I have probably noted elsewhere on the pin board our weedfishes are mostly found in and near to shallow rocky coast,often preferring the shallowest sub tidal and at least moderately surgy zone and while they are mostly small,even diminutive in comparison with the other main types of rock reef fish common to this terrain such as morwongs ,zebrafish,sweep, drummer and weed whiting,the Clinids are very strong swimmers over the short distances required to run for shelter under large rocks or in ledges with turfing algae,battle for stationary pose during swell sets often in white water,and presumably to enable predation on rockpool shrimp ,small crabs,other small fish,and the like.
Several species are also quite often found in tide pools of rock platforms.
Source: via David Muirhead on Oceandiscover