Highfin Veilfin

Velifer Hypselopterus
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Velifer Hypselopterus
Other names Sailfin Velifer
Size Up to 40 cm (15.74 in)
Weight Up to .50 kg (1.10 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters amongst rocky areas & reefs
Depth Range 10 - 100 m (328 ft)
Highfin Veilfin Distribution

Interesting Info

  • Highfin Veilfins can be found along the northern and western coastlines of Australia, from Western Australia, the Northern Territory to Queensland.
  • Their bodies are generally silver or grey, and they can exhibit a brilliant sheen when light reflects off their scales. They have a tall dorsal fin, from which they get their name “Highfin”.
  • Highfin Veilfins are omnivorous, feeding on both planktonic organisms and small crustaceans.
  • They are often found in small schools, especially during their juvenile stage.
  • Predators of the Highfin include larger fish and marine predators such as sharks.
  • The Highfin Veilfin tends to spawn during the warmer months, with breeding generally peaking in the late spring to early summer.
  • They lay eggs which attach to rocky surfaces or seabed plants. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will drift with the currents for a while before settling down.
  • Their estimated average lifespan is between 6 – 8 years.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving

Highfin Veilfins are not a primary target for recreational fishing but are often caught when targeting other species. They are a by-catch and often released. For snorkelers and divers, they can be a treat to observe due to their tall dorsal fin and shimmering appearance. They aren’t overly skittish, but a slow and non-threatening approach is recommended for best viewing.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Veliferidae

Genus: Velifer

Species: Velifer Hypselopterus

Conservation Status

The Highfin Veilfin does not have a specific conservation status in Australia, but like all marine species, they benefit from marine protected areas and sustainable fishing practices.

How to catch
Highfin Veilfin

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig

Bait: Prawns, Shellfish, Squid, Worms

Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure

Popularity: Not targeted - Bycatch

Recreational Viewing
- Snorkeling & Scuba

Finding: Intermediate

Temperament: Peaceful

Location: Inner Reef, Outer Reef, Lagoon

Danger: None

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