Fish ID: Rock Cale

Seacarp rock cale crinodus lophodon syd
Family Seacarp (APLODACTYLIDAE)
species Crinodus lophodon
size To 40cm
locality Shallow exposed rocky shorelines in high energy zone
behaviour Solitary or occasionally large aggregations
range Mainly NSW coastal waters

Looks vaguely prehistoric: small rounded head, body that flattens like a lizard’s. Distinctive dorsal fin which has a low point in the middle of it. Dark mottled colouration with while blotches and fine pale spots.