- The Longray Weed Whiting is endemic to Australia and is primarily found along southern coastlines. They are commonly sighted in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and parts of Western Australia.
- They are a small, elongated fish species, characterised by a slender body and a distinctive long, ray-like dorsal fin. They generally have a green body with scattered lines of blue and orange markings on their sides.
- They are a carnivorous species, preying on small invertebrates like crustaceans, worms, and molluscs found in the seafloor substrate.
- These fish prefer estuaries, bays, and sheltered coastal areas with seagrass meadows and sandy bottoms. Such environments offer protection and abundant food sources.
- While not strictly migratory, Longray Weed Whiting can display some seasonal movement in response to changes in water temperature and food availability.
- Longray Weed Whiting spawns during the warmer months in Australia, typically from late spring to early autumn. They exhibit external fertilisation, where females release eggs and males release sperm simultaneously.
- During courtship, males perform elaborate displays and territorial behaviours to attract females. After fertilisation, the adhesive eggs attach to seagrass blades or other underwater structures for protection.
- Their estimated average lifespan is between 3 – 5 years.
Recreational Fishing, Snorkeling & Diving
Longray Weed Whiting are not a primary target for recreational fishing, they are occasionally caught as a by-catch when fishing for other species. For snorkelers and divers, observing them can be a rewarding experience. Their vibrant green coloration and distinct blue and orange streaks make them visually striking, especially against the backdrop of seagrass beds and rocky reefs.
Species: Siphonognathus Radiatus
The Longray Weed Whiting’s conservation status in Australia is classified as “Least Concern.” However, it is essential to verify this information with more recent sources for up-to-date status.
How to catch
Longray Weed Whiting
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Fresh cut flesh baits, Prawns, Shellfish, Squid, Worms
Technique: Keep bait close to structure
Popularity: Not targeted - Bycatch
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Lagoon, Seagrass Beds