- Pencil Weed Whiting are typically found along the shallow coastal waters of southern Australian states. Including Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, and parts of southern Western Australia.
- They are a small, slender fish with an elongated body that tapers towards the tail. They have a distinct dark vertical band running along their body, which is more pronounced in males during the breeding season. Their coloration blends well with their seagrass habitat, aiding in camouflage.
- Their name is influenced by their distinctive elongated snout.
- Pencil Weed Whiting primarily feeds on small crustaceans, such as amphipods, copepods, and small shrimp, which they find among the seagrass beds.
- They are a schooling species, often seen in small groups, which provides them with safety in numbers against predators.
- They usually spawn during the warmer months, typically in late spring and early summer, when water temperatures are favourable for egg development.
- During the breeding season, male Pencil Weed Whiting may display courtship behaviours, such as changing colour patterns and fin movements, to attract females.
- Their estimated average lifespan is between 3 – 5 years.
Snorkeling & Diving
Pencil Weed Whiting are relatively shy and cautious in nature, making them challenging to observe in the wild. To increase the chances of seeing them during snorkeling or diving, patience and slow movements are required. Snorkelers and divers should approach their habitat quietly to avoid startling them.
Species: Siphonognathus Beddomei
The Pencil 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.
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Inner Reef, Lagoon, Seagrass Beds