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Aquatic Nelusetta ayraudi (Ocean Leatherjacket)

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Scientific Name: Nelusetta ayraudi

Common Names: Ocean Leatherjacket

Other Names: Chinaman Leatherjacket, Yellow Leatherjacket

Order: Tetraodontiformes

Family: Monacanthidae

Distribution: Southen Australia waters from Cape Moreton In Queensland to North West Cape in WA, including Tasmania.

Habitat: Estury and rivers. Also found out further to sea in deeper water to depths of up to 200m

Identifying Feature: No scales

Field Notes: Dull yellow in colour with a leather-like skin. Small mouth and many fine and very sharp teeth. Elongated torpedo shaped body with a flat tail fin. A spear-like barb is located on the top of the fish just behind the eyes. Esturine caught fish are usualy younger and grown up to about 25cm but large adult fish can be found in deeper water in open costal ocean. Temprement is brave and inquisive.

Fishing: Not a fussy eater and will take most baits. When baiting a rig be aware of their very sharp teeth which can easily bite through a light line. Use a wire trace or a long shanked hook. When plentiful in numbers it is posible to bait them to the surface with some scraps from a dead fish and pluck them from the water with your other hand, their leathery skin makes them easy to handle.

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NSW Fisheries Ocean Leather Jacket Fact Sheet
 
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