Morwong

Morwong

Morwongs are perciform fishes comprising the family Cheilodactylidae. Found primarily throughout the Southern Hemisphere, they are also found in the Pacific off Japan, China, and Hawaii. Growing up to 1 metre in length, they feed on small invertebrates on the ocean floor. Several species of morwong are commercially harvested as food fish, particularly in Australia.

Other names for members of the family include butterfish, fingerfin, jackassfish, and moki. Morwongs are also erroneously known as snappers.

Morwong is also used as a name for several unrelated fish found in Australian waters, such as the painted sweetlips, Diagramma pictum.

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