- Smallscale Tubeshoulder are a deep sea fish found in the offshore waters of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
- They are a smaller, slender fish with a greyish and brown body.
- The specific diet of Smallscale Tubeshoulder’s is not well-documented, but they likely feed on a variety of small prey species that are available at their depth. Including zooplankton, small invertebrates and other microorganisms.
- They are believed to be a schooling fish as when caught(bycatch) by trawlers there are large numbers of them.
- Do to there deep habitat, little is know about their breeding behaviours.
- Their estimated average lifespan is between 1.5 – 3 years.
Due to the species’ deep-sea habitat, little is known about the Smallscale Tubeshoulder, direct human interactions with them are infrequent. More deep sea scientific research is needed to learn more about this fish.
Species: Maulisia Microlepis
The Smallscale Tubeshoulder’s conservation status in Australia is not classified. It is not a well-known or widely documented species in terms of its conservation status in Australia.
Elusive / Overlooked Species
Location: Deepsea, Offshore