Family: Plesiopidae, the Longfin family.
Size: 10 cm
Distribution: The east coast of NSW. Also some parts of the southern QLD and eastern VIC coastlines. Unique to southern Australian waters.
Habitat: They form large schools on coastal reefs.
About the Eastern Hulafish
The Eastern Hulafish is named from it's "exaggerated body movements", which is a fancy way of saying that it wriggles around a lot — basically, it does the hula (as in the dance). The Eastern Hulafish is also the most colourful of the different hulafish species (which live around some other parts of Australia's coastline).
Diet: The Eastern Hulafish feeds high above the bottom, eating zooplankton.
Breeding: Eggs are laid in reefs, and the male protects his eggs by wrapping his body around them.