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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats

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Online resources

Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness - Sightings
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Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
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Marine Life Society of South Australia
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Port Phillip Marine Life
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Body compressed, oval, with 2-4 pairs of spines at base of tail, dorsal-fin spine large with barbs along rear edges.
Description : Body elongate, compressed, with two to four pairs of curved spines on each side of tail base in adults. Two dorsal fins, first with two spines, the first with front spine having serrated hind edges. Yellow to brown with complex blue lines on head and along bases of dorsal and anal fins. Usually 30 cm long head to tail tip (up to 55 cm).
Biology : Adult Sixspine Leatherjackets prefer algal reef environments, while juveniles frequently inhabit seagrass beds.
Habitat: Shallow reef and weed areas along the coast and within bays.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Omnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shallow (1-30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: True
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Meuschenia freycineti


Synonyms Source
Balistes freycineti Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
Published in: Quoy, J.R.C. & Gaimard, J.P. 1824. Chapter 8. Poissons. Voyage autour du Monde, entrepris par ordre du Roi, exécuté sur les corvettes de S.M. Uranie et la Physicienne, pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820 Vol. 1 pp. 712 pp. 96 pls pp. 183-328 pls 43-65
Monacanthus multiradiatus Günther, 1870 Günther, 1870 Günther, 1870
Published in: Günther, A. 1870. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Gymnotidae, Symbranchidae, Muraenidae, Pegasidae, and of the Lophobranchii, Plectognathi, Dipnoi, [thru] Leptocardii, in the British Museum London : British Museum Vol. 8 pp. 549 pp.
Monacanthus prasinus Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1872. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 1. The Melbourne fish market. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 1 pp. 29-242 1 pl.
Monacanthus lesueurii Castelnau, 1873 Castelnau, 1873 Castelnau, 1873
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1873. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 3. Supplement to the fishes of Victoria. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 2 pp. 37-58
Meuschenia skottowei Whitley, 1934 Whitley, 1934 Whitley, 1934
Published in: Whitley, G.P. 1934. Studies in Ichthyology No. 8. Rec. Aust. Mus. Vol. 19 (2) pp. 153-163 figs 1-3

Common Names

Common name Source
Sixspine Leatherjacket
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Freycinet's Leatherjacket
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Grey Leatherjacket
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Orange-spotted Leatherjacket
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Reef Leatherjacket
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Six-spined Leatherjacket
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Skottowe's Leatherjacket
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Variable Leatherjacket
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Working classification

Meuschenia freycineti  Recorded in Australia

Occurrence records

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Name references found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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