QS – C. australis 2017-02-09T09:03:52-08:00

This is an interesting fish, and although it is a temperate species, we, and others have found that it tends to do best in the low to mid 70°F range. At these temperatures, it is a bit more active and visible. It generally has a silvery-white to brown body with a few black bands. It seems that there are always two vertical black bars on the caudal fin, as well as one just in front of the caudal peduncle, but there can be a mid-body band as well as one running through the eyes as well, depending on the individual. The dorsal spines are fairly deeply-incised, and the fish has two large, clear spines on either side of the head, which can be projected sideways when the fish is disturbed or excited.
Our specimen is a solid stick feeder, and tends to attack its food from its cave, from which it likes to sit with its head exposed and survey the world. Not super common as far as waspfish go, but a very interesting fish if you have a spot for it.





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