QS – C. australis 2017-02-09T09:03:52+00:00

This fish can be a bit secretive during the day, hiding in caves and crevices. One feature that stands out on this fish are its large red eyes, the color of which develops as the fish ages from its juvenile phase. This fish is very similar in appearance to the fuzzy dwarf; however, this species is not as colorful as is congener.

Sexually dimorphic, the barberi can be sexed similarly to a Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish (D. brachypterus) with smaller pectoral fins containing fewer stripes belong to the female as well as a characteristically smaller head. It is assumed that males will fight among their conspecifics as well with similarly appearing congeners, such as the aforementioned fuzzy. Mix the brachys and the barberi as you would with a single species, one male to one or more females. This species is not very common in the aquarium trade, and is only occasionally available. Care is the same as for D. brachypterus.

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