- Bearded Velvetfish are a species of reef fish found along the coast of Western Australia. They are typically found in the shallow reef waters from Perth up to Shark Bay.
- Masterfully camouflaged with varying colours, they can adapt their body colour to match their environment. They generally display the following types of colour combinations, grey with dark mottling, purplish-brown with pink/orange blotches or orange with grey patches, and pink under the eye.
- Their name is derived from the small beard or hairy whiskers found on their chin.
- Bearded Velvetfish are carnivores, feeding on smaller fish and crustaceans.
- Residing within algae-rich sections of the reef, they primarily lead a nocturnal lifestyle.
- Due to their small size and elusive nature, there is limited information on their breeding behaviours and lifespan.
Snorkeling & Diving, Elusive Species
The Bearded Velvetfish is a very elusive and difficult species to find. They prefer algae rich areas of rocky reefs and silt, which provide ample hiding spots. Their small size and camouflage will require a keen eye to spot.
Species: Paraploactis Intonsa
The conservation status of the Bearded Velvetfish is not well-documented, but it is generally not considered a species of concern. Further research might be needed to determine its exact status.
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Lagoon
Danger: Dorsal & Pectoral Spine
Elusive / Overlooked Species
Location: Inner reef
Danger: Dorsal and Pectoral Spine