Rocky reefs, kelp beds and inter-tidal zone
Probably the most abundant fish on Tasmania’s sheltered and moderately exposed reefs, the southern hulafish is found to depths of 35 m. In a 2010 survey of Derwent rocky reefs it was the most abundant and widespread species, with more than 12000 sightings! Distinguishable from other hulafish by a large black blotch at the base of their tail, they grow to only 10 cm. Their name comes from the way they flicker their soft tails while hanging in the water, like the skirt of a hula dancer. They are often found in schools, gathering in caves and sheltered places, from which they dart out to grab floating food.