Fish ID: Old Wife

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Family Old Wifes (ENOPLOSIDAE)
species Enoplosus armatus
size Up to 20cm
locality Coastal reefs and rocky estuaries
behaviour Usually in pairs, occasionally in groups
range Temperate waters, southern coast

Looks like no other fish: in fact it looks like two halves a fish joined together to make a stretched fish. Large ventral fins, two dorsals – the second with a short banner. Mucky silver with dark vertical stripes.