The Velvetfish lives in the benthopelagic, non-migratory, marine, depth range 0 - 6 m environment.

The red velvetfish, Gnathanacanthus goetzeei, is a marine scorpaeniform fish of the inshore waters of western and southern Australia. It is the sole member of the family Gnathanacanthidae and genus Gnathanacanthus. More

The Velvetfish lives between rocks and sponges or partially buried in the sand in coastal bays and estuaries of temperate Australia. Its camouflage, colouration and body form means it is seen infrequently. More

Velvetfish, Aploactisoma milesii, An adult velvetfish half buried in sand. More

The Rare Velvetfish has a large depressed head, a large pectoral fin and a lateral line with tubed scales. The dorsal fin originates on the head. Few specimens of the species have been collected. More

And for your Velvetfish page, I thought you might like to post one of my photos. This is my Caracanthus madagascariensis. He lives in my 55 gallon aquarium with some small gobies and pipefish and miscellaneous inverts like corals, small crabs, and a squat lobster. He hides constantly. More

A velvetfish at a depth of 3m, Camp Cove, New South... Click to show "velvetfish" result 3 200 x 137 18 kb A velvetfish at a depth of 3m, Camp Cove, New South... More

Velvetfishes in the Family Aploactinidae. HAWAII Family Caracanthidae Orbicular Velvetfish Caracanthus typicus endemic. More

Velvetfish or Gumdrop Coral Croucher Goby, is native to the reefs in the Indo-Pacific. It is often found in and about both hard and soft corals. This fish is white with many red dots covering the body. More

While nestled deep amongst kelp fronds, the Red Velvetfish is not easily seen by divers. They are most active at night, and if you are lucky enough to come across one hunting for crabs and octopus on the seafloor, its red colouration is brilliant in the torchlight. More

Common names

Little velvetfish in English
Samtfisch in German (Deutsch)
Southern velvetfish in English
velvetfish in English
冠首拟疣鲉 in Mandarin Chinese
冠首擬疣鮋 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Scorpaeniformes
Family : Aploactinidae
Genus : Aploactisoma
Species : Aploactisoma milesii
Authority : Richardson, 1850