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Morwong - Blue

Morwong - Blue
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Also known as:

Sea carp

Queen fish

Queen morwong

Queen snapper

Queenfish

Southern blue morwong

Common Group Name:

Morwongs

Family Name:

Cheilodactylidae

Genus Name:

Nemadactylus

Species Name:

Nemadactylus valenciennesi


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of these fish is greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Colouration greenish blue dorsally with faint yellowish longitudinal stripes and a faint black blotch in the middle of the flank. Tail yellowish with blue edges. Several thin wavy yellow lines radiating around the upper eye.
  • As slow growing, long lived species.

Fish Distribution:

  • Occurs on offshore reefs of southern Australia from southern NSW to south Western Australia including Tasmania.
  • Depth range from around 20 meters to over 200 meters.

Fish Size Common Length:

40-50 cm, maximum size around 90 cm and 6.5 kg.